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- In dog Bites
There are approximately 6.5 million dogs in the United States. Dog owners are held responsible for all damages inflicted upon a person regardless of the previous tendencies of the dog in attacking humans. If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you should call an Orange County dog bite lawyer to protect your legal rights.
California Dog Bite Statute
Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 3342, also known as the Dog Bite Statute, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries suffered by the victim of an attack or a bite. But in order for the dog owner to be liable, the victim must have either been bit in a public place or while on lawfully on private property.
Dog owners do not need to have knowledge that his or her dog has dangerous propensities. In other words, the owners are simply liable for their dog’s actions even if it is the first time the dog has bitten anybody.
Compensation Under the Law
If you have been bitten by a dog and sustained injuries, California law entitles you to damages including compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and permanent scarring and disfigurement.
An Attorney Should Evaluate Your Dog Bite Injury Claim
It is important that you consult with an Orange County dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will make sure that you get the proper medical treatment, find out as much as possible about the dog that bit you, get witness statements regarding your attack and the dog’s previous behavior, and identify sources of compensation for your loss. Your lawyer will build a strong case and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 1-888-848-5084. Our Orange County dog bite lawyers specialize in handling dog bite injury cases and have the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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