Dogs are considered a man’s best friend. However, the loving, furry animals can also attack, bite and cause serious injuries. Regardless of the breed or size of the dog, dog bites and attacks can cause both serious physical and mental injuries that can significantly impact all aspects of your life.
The Central Valley dog bite attorneys at the Srai Law Office have the experience necessary to hold the dog owner financially responsible for their dog’s attack and bite. Hiring the best dog bite lawyer also allows you to concentrate on the treatment of your injuries without having to worry about the legal aspects of your claim.
Dog Bites Hurt
Dog bites and attacks pose a serious health risk. More than 4.5 million Americans are bitten and/or attacked by dogs each year, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At least half of those bitten are children. In fact, children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
Any dog can bite or attack: big or small, male or female, young or old. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked. It is important to note that it is not a dog’s breed that determines whether it will bite, but rather the dog’s individual history and behavior.
Most dog bites happen in public spaces with unfamiliar dogs. Victims are usually running, riding a bicycle or walking a child in a stroller when a dog approaches and attacks. This may happen whether the dog is unleashed with its owner feet or yards away, or on a long leash.
Injuries Inflected by Dog Bites
A dog bite can result in deep wounds that result in serious damage to tissue and tendons. The bite force of the dog can crush or tear muscles and skin, lead to loss of blood pressure, extreme pain, or even broken bones. Moreover, a larger dog attacking you can easily knock you down, resulting in head or spine injuries.
Below are some common injuries suffered by dog bite victims:
- Permanent scarring
- Broken bones and crushing injuries
- Neck and back problems
The legal team at the Srai Law Office handles all types of dog bites in the Central Valley area. Our experienced and aggressive Central Valley dog bite attorneys have the dedication needed to properly investigate your dog bite or attack to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve.
Common Types of Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Serious injuries from dog bite and/or attacks can result in serious injuries that leave you unable to work and result in a quick pile up of medical bills and other life expenses. Although the insurance carrier for the at-fault party may know that they have to compensate you for your damages, they will take every step possible to settle your claim for as little value as possible. You need a strong Central Valley dog bite attorney advocating for you to ensure you get the full damages you deserve.
The Srai Law Office is a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in the greater Central Valley area that specifically handles dog bite cases. Our experienced dog bite attorneys are passionate about pursing justice on behalf of our injured dog bite clients.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be entitled to money damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Any out of pocket expenses related to the accident
Dog Owner Liability in California
California law holds dog owners liable in a civil case if:
- The victim’s injury was caused by the owner’s dog attack or bite
- The victim was in a public place or lawfully in a private space when the attack or bite happened
California is also a “strict liability” state. This means that the dog owner is liable regardless of whether a dog has a prior vicious propensity or whether the owner knew of the dog’s penchant for aggressive behavior.
Call a Central Valley Dog Bite Attorney Today!
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, the legal team at the Srai Law Office is ready to help. Our Central Valley dog bite lawyers will do whatever it takes to hold the responsible parties accountable and get you the compensation you deserve.
Please call us at 209-0395-0761 to discuss your case with an expert personal injury attorney or you can fill out our free consultation form.