San Marcos Dog Bite Attorneys

San Marcos Dog Bite Attorneys

Unfortunately, dogs are not always man’s best friend. A dog bite can result in permanent scarring, disfigurement, and infection. If you or someone you love was attacked by a dog, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers to find out if you have grounds for a claim. Our San Marcos dog bite attorneys will assess your case and answer your questions during a free initial consultation. Dog bite claims can be incredibly complicated, but our legal team has a track record of success in these cases. We will tirelessly help you fight for the compensation you need to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the attack. For more information or to schedule a free case review, call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.

Damages Our San Marcos Dog Bite Attorneys Will Pursue:

Dog bite victims may be able to recover compensation for the following types of damages:

  • Past and future healthcare expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost or reduced earning capacity
  • Transportation, home health care, or childcare costs
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering

What Does “Strict Liability” Mean in the Context of Dog Bites?

In some states, dog owners can only be held liable for attacks if their animals have bitten at least one person in the past. This is called the “one-bite” rule. California rejects this rule and instead abides by the doctrine of strict liability. This means that dog owners can be held financially accountable for injuries their animals cause, even if the animals have no violent history. This does not mean that your case is an automatic slam dunk and that you should proceed without the help of an attorney, though. Like any other personal injury claim, there are several elements you must prove in a dog bite case to recover compensation for your damages. These elements include:

  • The defendant was the owner of the dog when the attack occurred.
  • When the attack happened, the victim was on public property or was lawfully on private property.
  • The dog bite resulted in an injury.

I Have Been Bitten by a Dog. What Next?

After a dog bite or animal attack, there are certain steps you should take to adequately preserve your claim. Your lawyer will likely advise you to do the following, at a minimum:

  • Take photos of your injuries.
  • Take pictures of the dog.
  • Locate the owner and obtain his or her contact information.
  • Confirm that this person owned the dog.
  • Report the attack to your local police station or animal control.
  • Visit a doctor.

Ask your lawyer what other steps you can and should take to ensure you are positioned to receive the maximum compensation available to you.

Discuss Your Claim with A San Marcos Dog Bite Lawyer.

During our free initial consultation, we will evaluate your case and provide you with an overview of the next steps to take in pursuing compensation. With our in-depth knowledge of the relevant law, our team can guide you throughout each stage of your case. Schedule a low-risk consultation today by calling 1-800-GO-Harris or by sending us a message online. We look forward to serving you and helping you recover physically, emotionally, and financially.