Dog bites and attacks are common in the United States, with more than 4.7 million Americans getting attacked and bitten each year. At least 61 percent of dog attacks occur in the owner’s home or immediate neighborhood. However, regardless of where it occurs, a dog bite or attack can significantly impact a victim’s life.
If you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite or attack, you should immediately consult the experienced San Diego dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas to determine whether you are entitled to monetary compensation. Our legal team will compassionately fight for the full settlement that you deserve and will help you get through this difficult period.
California Dog Bite
California’s Dog Bite Statute, codified under Civil Code Section 3342, holds a dog owner strictly liable for any injuries caused by his or her dog. In other words, this statute states that a dog owner does not need to have knowledge of his or her dog’s vicious propensities in order to be held legally liable for any resulting injuries. The dog owner is simply held responsible for the dog’s actions, even if it is the first time the animal has attacked.
A dog owner may be responsible for compensating a victim for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Wrongful death
Important Steps To Take After a Dog Bite or Attack
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite or attack, you need to take certain important actions to protect your legal rights. Our legal team has outlined some of the more important steps you should consider after a dog bite, including:
- Identify the dog that bit you.
- Identify the owner of the dog and get his or her personal information, including name, address, and telephone number.
- Obtain the name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses to the dog bite incident. A witness statement or testimony will be important in getting the full compensation that you deserve.
- Contact Animal Services Agency or Law Enforcement to file an incident report.
- Take photographs of your injuries.
- Seek medical treatment.
Perhaps the most important step is to immediately consult with an experienced San Diego dog bite attorney. Generally, victims of serious injuries, including dog bites, only have two years from the date of injury to file a claim.
Contact an Experienced San Diego Dog Bite Attorney
Dog owners have a legal duty to ensure that their dogs do not pose any threat or harm to other people. Unfortunately, not all pet owners adhere to this law. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas have successfully handled cases protecting the rights of innocent dog bite victims.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our San Diego dog bite lawyers, please call 1-888-848-5084. We can help you put your life back in order after such a traumatic incident.