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Dog Bite

Dog bites are occurring with more and more frequency every year. Every day, the United States treats about 1,000 patients in need of emergency care or hospitalization due to dog attacks, and each year almost 5 million dog bites occur in the US. At the Law Offices of Josef Avesar, we take dog bites and dog attacks very seriously. Getting attacked by a dog could mean emotional trauma, shellshock, and in some tragic, extreme cases: disfigurement. We know the suffering that can be inflicted on a person who has recently come from being attacked, and that is why we offer

canine attack

affordable personal injury and dog bite legal services. The Law Offices of Josef Avesar is a licensed, insured and bonded law firm practicing and defending clients in the Los Angeles County area for over 34 years. With many success stories and happy clients to refer to, it is no wonder why we are so highly acclaimed and well-reviewed. Call us immediately and set up your appointment or consultation today!

 

Your Rights in Case of a Dog Attack

 

 

In America, most states maintain a “one free bite” rule, entailing that unless a dog has previously attacked someone before the incident in question; a victim cannot sue the dog’s owner. Luckily, California does not adhere to this rule and allows dog bite and dog attack victims to sue after the first act of violence. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack and have yet to move forward with your court case, call the law firm immediately!

There are a few things to keep in mind if you or a loved one has recently endured a dog bite. In order to receive money from your case, you must first prove to the court:

  • You (or the victim) were not trespassing at the time of the dog bite
  • The owner/caretaker of the dog
  • You (or the victim) suffered an injury

Once these facts are reviewed, confirmed, and seen as true in the eyes of the court, your case is eligible to receive compensation. Depending on the severity of the wound and the damages caused, dog bite cases usually receive one (or several) of the following compensation types:

 

  • Lost Wages or Employment:this includes any time you had to take off of work after the dog attack, or any provable loss of your employment.
  • Punitive Damages:in the event that you can prove that the owner of the dog intentionally commanded the dog to assail you, you can qualify for punitive damage payments. These payments are usually quite large in an attempt to punish the dog owner.
  • Loss of Consortium:payments that cover the loss of companionship, a significant other, love, etc.
  • Hospital & Therapy Recovery Bills:this includes expenses covering both physical and mental pain.
  • Past, Present & Future Pain & Suffering:any medical (physical or mental) expenses related to the dog attack occurring in the past, present, or future.
  • Home Nursing Care:additional expenses provided for hospice or nurses staffed in your home.

 

Steps to Take After a Dog Attack

 

Being attacked can be a confusing and frightening time for an individual. In these situations, try maintaining a level head and following these steps to prevent your medical situation from worsening and take legal action.

  1. Call for medical attention immediately.Always refer to a professional for medical attention. If you consider your wound minor, consider that even a small bite or scratch can cause serious infection, rabies, and in rare cases, even amputation.
  2. Gather all necessary information before moving forward.This includes tasks such as verifying the owner of the dog, taking pictures & documenting your wounds, making any necessary documentation, police reports, etc. Make special note of evidence, such as holes in fences, loose chains, witnesses, and other incriminating evidence of the dog attack.
  3. Call your insurance, and call your lawyer.Most insurance covers dog attacks, but in the event that you aren’t covered, call your lawyer immediately.

 

Legal Service Area Los Angeles

This company is a licensed, insured, and bonded law firm that has been servicing residents of Los Angeles, Van Nuys, West Hollywood, North Hollywood & Tarzana for many years. Our phone lines are always open 24/7 to ensure that no matter what your situation is, you can always get a hold of a professional attorney immediately.