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Understanding Your Rights: The Legal Approach to Dog Bite Injuries in California

As a Californian, you're likely to enjoy the sunny outdoors, maybe even with a furry friend. But what happens when a dog bite incident disrupts that enjoyment? Being bitten by a dog can result in severe injuries, emotional distress, and significant medical expenses. As a personal injury law firm specializing in dog bite injuries, we want to provide you with an overview of your rights and legal options in the event of such an incident.

California Dog Bite Laws

California is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. This means that the owner of a dog is automatically held liable if their dog bites someone, regardless of the dog's prior aggressiveness or the owner's knowledge of such aggression. This law is outlined in the California Civil Code Section 3342.

However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. The dog owner may not be held liable if the victim was trespassing, provoking the dog, or if the dog was performing its duties as a military or police dog.

Types of Damages

If you've been bitten by a dog in California, you may be entitled to compensation for different types of damages:

Medical Expenses: These include costs for emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and any future medical care related to the injury.

Lost Wages: If the dog bite injury caused you to miss work, you could be compensated for those lost earnings. This also applies to future earnings if the injury results in long-term disability.

Pain and Suffering: This non-economic damage covers physical discomfort, emotional distress, fear, insomnia, and the overall negative impact on your quality of life due to the injury.

Property Damage: If your personal belongings were damaged during the incident, such as clothing or jewelry, you could seek compensation for their value.

What to Do If You've Been Bitten

If you have been bitten by a dog, it's essential to take immediate action:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is your first priority. Even if the bite seems minor, it's critical to get medical attention to prevent infection and properly document your injuries.
  2. Report the Incident: Notify local animal control or the police about the bite. They will create a report, which is a crucial piece of evidence in your case.
  3. Identify the Dog and Its Owner: If possible, gather information about the dog and its owner. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information as well.
  4. Document Your Injuries: Take photographs of your injuries, keep all medical records, and maintain a diary detailing your physical and emotional state following the incident.
  5. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney: Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in dog bite cases. They can guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

How We Can Help

At our law firm, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a dog bite injury can take. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to ensuring you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

We'll provide a comprehensive evaluation of your case, gather necessary evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and if necessary, represent you in court. With our expertise and commitment, you can focus on your recovery while we focus on securing justice for you.

Dog bite injuries can be a traumatic experience, but remember, you're not alone. Understanding your rights and seeking professional legal help can make all the difference in your recovery process. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.

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