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Dog Bites

Dog bites are very common in California and anyone runs a high risk of becoming a dog bite victim. In 2021, California ranked first in the nation as having the most dog bite claims (at 2,026 claims) and the highest average dog bite settlement at $59,561 per claim. GBG Law Firm has helped many dog bite victims receive much-needed compensation. It is important to hire a dog bite lawyer once you become a dog bite victim, to let you know your options and fight for you to receive compensation. GBG is here to support you after your incident and walk you through the necessary steps for your dog bite claim.

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How can a California Dog Bite Lawyer Help you?

There are several things that might be used to try to deny your claim, such as the dog being provoked due to cruelty towards it, the dog acting in self-defense, or the bite happening while someone was trespassing on the owner’s property. We can help investigate each of these claims, as well as determine how much your claim is worth after collecting all information regarding the incident of the dog bite. 

Injured in a Dog bite Accident?

What to do after a Dog Bite Accident?

After you have sustained a dog bite, make sure the dog is secured. Contact police or animal control and seek medical assistance for taking care of the bitten area. Be sure to document the area, the dog, and your injuries with pictures and/or video. This may be necessary evidence in your claim. Locate the dog owner and get their contact information and the dog’s vaccination history, if possible. Take detailed notes of what happened. Reach out to a qualified California dog bite lawyer for next steps.

Proving Liability after a Dog Bite Accident

In dog bite attacks, a dog owner can be held liable as long as two circumstances exist. First, you must show that the damages sustained were the result of a dog attack. Second, you must show that you were bitten while either on public property or if you were lawfully on private property. In these cases, the dog owner would be responsible for any damages the dog has caused, including physical injuries and mental trauma. In California liablity for dog bites is “strict” liability.

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What Damages can be recovered after a Dog Bite Accident

You have two years in which to file a claim for a dog bite

  • Medical costs
  • Physical or vocational therapy and Psychological Counseling
  • Lost wages and/or lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of the use of a limb

There are other specific factors that help determine how much a dog bite case is worth

  • The victim’s age (children typically receive higher settlements because they are less able to defend themselves and are more susceptible to permanent psychological damage)
  • The severity of the bite, including whether there was nerve damage, significant blood loss, or some other severe injury
  • How much medical attention was or will be required
  • Whether the bite will result in permanent scars or other disfigurements
  • Whether there will be long-term mental or emotional damage
  • Whether the dog bit someone else previously, thus putting the owner on notice that the dog is dangerous
  • Whether the victim was trespassing

At Grigoryan Blum & Grigoryan, our California dog bite attorneys care about what happened to you. GBG is ready to fight for your rights and help you to receive the compensation you deserve. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, schedule a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Bites

When should I call a dog bite lawyer?

As soon as possible. Hiring an attorney as soon as possible will help ensure that evidence is preserved and protected and that nothing is said or done to harm your case upfront.

Is the dog’s owner responsible for my injuries?

Yes. In California, liability for a dog bite is “strict.” This means that the owner is responsible, even if their dog had never bitten anyone prior. Of course, there are defenses to this, such as if you were trespassing on someone’s property.

How would you charge for my case?

At GBG we take our dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we recover a percentage of the settlement we help obtain for you. And of course, if there is no settlement, we don’t charge any attorney’s fees.

What type of compensation can I receive from a dog bite claim?

The areas of compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical care. This list is not exhaustive and different people will have different types of compensation so it’s important to consult with an attorney to find out what those are for your particular case. 

How long will a dog bite case take to resolve?

There is no black-and-white answer to this question. There are many factors that determine how long any particular case takes. Those factors include how long you received medical care, liability, and reasonable settlement offers. Most dog bite cases don’t resolve quickly or easily so it’s important to hire a personal injury attorney that knows the defenses to these types of cases and how to rebut them.

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