There are approximately 85 million dogs living in U.S households, accounting for millions of dog bites every year – with most victims being children. The Insurance Information Institute reports that homeowner insurance companies in the U.S. paid a record high of $1.1 billion in 2022 for dog-related injuries. Homeowners and renters insurance policies generally cover dog bite legal expenses, medical expenses and other related expenses, up to the liability limits on the policy. If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount out of their own pocket.
The Fresno dog bite attorneys at the Srai Law Office have the experience necessary to get the maximum compensation you deserve from both the dog owner and insurance carrier. 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.
Dangers of Dog Bites & Attacks
California is the top state accounting for the most amounts of dog bites and attacks. It is important to remember dogs are individuals, just like humans, and each has a unique personality. Even though the breed of a dog may dictate how they look, how they actually react in a situation is not guaranteed by breed or type. Even a well-trained dog can attack and bite you if they are placed into the wrong situation.
More than 800,000 people receive medical attention for dog bites each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The most common dog bite victims are young children, who are far more likely to be severely injured. The majority of dog bites take place in in public spaces with unfamiliar dogs. Victims are usually unsuspecting of an imminent attack or bite.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can be very serious and result in life altering injuries. The bite force of a dog can tear through the muscle and skin, damaging tendons and even crushing bones. A larger dog can also easily knock you down and even cause head or spine injuries.
Some common types of dog bite and/or attack injuries include:
- Permanent scarring
- Broken bones and crushing injuries
- Neck and back problems
The Fresno dog bite attorneys at the Srai Law Office handle all types of dog bites and attacks in the Fresno area. Our experienced dog bite legal team has the knowledge necessary to properly investigate your dog bite or attack to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve.
Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
Serious dog related injuries often require extensive treatment and can leave you unable to work, resulting in a quick pile up of medical bills and other life expenses. Although insurance companies may understand the full value of your claim, they will take any step possible to minimize it and offer as little as possible to settle your case. That is why it is important to hire an aggressive Fresno dog bite attorney to fight for your rights and get you the most compensation possible for the injuries you have suffered.
The Srai Law Office is a plaintiff’s personal injury and dog bite law firm in the greater Fresno area. 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
California Dog Owner Liability
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 Dog Bite Lawyer in Fresno 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 Fresno 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 dog bite lawyer near you can fill out our free consultation form.