San Pedro Dog Bite Attorneys
Fortunately, dog bite incidents are almost always preventable – and even when they do happen, you can be compensated monetarily if the animal’s owner was responsible for the attack. The dog bite lawyers in our San Pedro office have years of experience representing victims when man’s best friend proves to not be so friendly.
California is one of the states that has clearly defined laws regarding dog bites and animal attacks. Pet owners in California are “strictly liable” for injuries that their animals cause. This means that if a domesticated animal bites and injures you, you do not need to prove that the owner was at fault. Rather, you simply need to show that 1) the person owned the dog, 2) the dog attacked you, and 3) you were injured. This is true whether you are attacked in a public place or on private property. Because of this standard, dog owners in California often have a hard time defending dog bite claims.
If you’ve been injured by a dog (or know someone who has), it’s worth sitting down with a personal injury attorney to see what damages may be available to you.
I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog. What’s Next?
After a dog bite or animal attack, there are certain steps you can – and should – immediately take to ensure that you are well-positioned to recover fair compensation:
- Take photos of your injuries as soon as possible after the attack and in the hours and days after the attack to track any changes in your wounds.
- Take pictures of the dog that attacked you.
- 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 agency to ensure the dog doesn’t attack anyone else.
- Visit a doctor to properly treat your bite wounds.
Compensation for Dog Bites and Animal Attacks in San Pedro, California
Before you speak with an insurance adjuster, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your claim. Additionally, never sign paperwork or agree to a settlement with the dog’s owner before first speaking with your attorney.
If you’ve suffered from dog bite injuries, you MAY be able to recover damages for your:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Reduced earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Disability; and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Discuss Your Claim with A California Personal Injury Lawyer: TODAY.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. We’re here to answer all of your questions.
During our free initial consultation, we will evaluate your case and provide you with an overview of the next steps to take in pursuing the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. With our in-depth knowledge of the relevant law, our team can guide you throughout each stage of your case.
However, time is of the essence and you need to act fast before a statute of limitations bars your claim. Schedule a low-risk consultation today by calling 1-800-GO-Harris or by sending us a message online.