Personal Injury Attorneys Handling Dog Attacks
Dog bites and attacks may be extremely frightening experiences. The dog bite may lead to serious injuries and dog attack victims may even suffer psychological and emotional damage as a result of the traumatic experience. If you were attacked by a dog, contact Koohanim Law Firm to see if you can recover for your injuries.
Types of Injuries
Dog bites can lead to very serious injuries, including the following:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Facial scarring
- Nerve damage
- Ligament and soft tissue damage
- Brain injury
- Amputation of limbs
- Infections, including rabies and hepatitis
Liability for Dog Attacks Under California Law
California law allows the victim of a dog attack to file a civil action against the dog owner in certain circumstances. According California Civil Code Section 3342:
The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner1.
Unlike other states that require some knowledge of the dog’s propensity to attack in order to find the dog owner liable, California is a strict liability state.
Compensation for Your Dog Bite Injuries
If you are a victim of a dog attack, contact Koohanim Law Firm and one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will inform you of your rights. Koohanim Law Firm has settled many dog attack cases and we can help you. Usually, these types of cases are covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy, umbrella policy, or other type of insurance. This provides an advantage to the dog attack victim since you do not have to chase after an individual to seek compensation.
If a dog owner is liable for your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, disfigurement, loss of joy, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In order to obtain the highest recovery for your injury, you need an experienced legal team to fight for you. Contact Koohanim Law Firm for your case assessment.