LOS ANGELES DOG BITE LAWYER
Under the California Code of Civil Procedure 335.1, you have two years from the time of the dog bite in which to file a personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. Because it can take a considerable amount of time to thoroughly investigate a dog bite claim, it is essential that you contact an experienced Los Angeles dog bite attorney as soon as possible following your attack.
Are You Liable For A Dog Bite In Los Angeles?
In order to determine who is responsible for a dog bite, it is necessary to establish who owned the dog. In California, a dog owner is strictly liable for any dog bite regardless of whether he or she failed to protect others from the attack, or had no reason to know the dog was dangerous, provided that the victim was not trespassing or provoking the dog.
In addition to the dog owner, other individuals may be held liable for a dog bite including anyone who is responsible for the care or custody of the dog such as a kennel, pound or animal shelter. A property owner can also be held responsible if he or she allowed the dog onto the property. Similarly, a landlord can be held liable for an animal bite caused by a tenant’s dangerous pet.
Los Angeles Dog Bite Compensation
Most Common Injuries Associated with Dog Bites
Before you agree to a settlement, it is crucial that you know the full extent of the injuries resulting from the dog bite. Dog bites can often cause permanent disfigurement and can require extremely expensive reconstructive surgery, as well as long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
Aside from the physical injuries which result from a dog bite, there can also be emotional pain and suffering tied to permanent disfigurement, or psychological issues associated with a vicious dog attack. It is important that all of these be factored in when determining the amount of settlement damages you are entitled to. Further facts associated with dog bite injuries include:
- A full 86% of all dog attacks result in bodily harm to the victim.
- Forty-two percent of those hospitalized for a dog bite were treated for skin lacerations and underlying tissue infection;
- Twenty-two percent had wounds on the legs and arms;
- 5 percent had wounds on the head, neck, and torso, and
- The remaining patients suffered bone fractures and blood poisoning.
Steps to Take if You Have Been Bitten by a Dog
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