A dog attack is a frightening ordeal. Whether it was a dog you are familiar with or a strange dog, you could have both physical and emotional scars from the attack. A dog bite can happen suddenly, and for no apparent reason, leaving you helpless to defend yourself.
If your dog bite incident was not your fault, the financial burden should not be yours to carry. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to hear about your case. We know California law, and we can take on the legal work.
You can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other costs you have paid because of your injury. It is a dog owner’s responsibility to be sure their animal does not bite. If they were negligent, they might owe you money. A Los Angeles dog bite lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help. Call us at (800) 816-0755 today.
The Dog Owner Is Responsible
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §3342, a dog owner in California is liable for the injuries their dog causes, whether or not they knew the dog was vicious. Whether you were in a public place or on private property, the owner may be liable.
That means if the owner invited you to their home or if you were on their property because of your job, you may be able to seek awards for your injury. It does not matter if the owner of the dog knew that their pet was capable of biting. Even if this is the first time the dog bit someone, the owner is still responsible.
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to make sure their dog does not attack anyone on their property or in public. In fact, California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) §31642 states that a dog owner should keep their dog completely separated from children if the dog is potentially dangerous, even if they are at their own home. Out in public, of course, the owner should have their dog secured on a leash.
If the owner failed to take the necessary precautions to keep their dog from biting, they might owe you a settlement. If the owner is telling you that it was your fault, do not take their word for it.
Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to discuss the details of your incident. You have two years from the time of the dog bite to file a lawsuit, according to CCP §335.1. You can file for your own personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one in two years. Do not delay to get your case started. A Los Angeles dog bite lawyer can help you.
You Can Recover Damages
There are thousands of dog bite incidents every year in the United States. A dog bite can cause serious injury, even death. Dog bites are among the top reasons for emergency room visits in the United States, according to a study published in Heliyon, and they require quick action to prevent further damage, such as infection or rabies.
Dogs are animals, and even one you are very familiar with can inflict major injury. Children are often the victims of dog bites. Their injuries tend to be to the head and neck. These injuries can leave lasting physical and emotional trauma.
When you suffer an injury through no fault of your own, you can seek damages in a lawsuit. These damages are the responsibility of the negligent person in your accident, in this case, the dog’s owner. Getting these awards is important for you to not suffer any more after your injury. You have suffered enough already.
There are two types of damages you can recover for a personal injury lawsuit in California. The first type is economic damages. These are the actual costs you have paid in real dollars, such as:
- Medical bills to treat your injuries
- Physical therapy to rehabilitate your injury
- Lost wages from missed work or diminished earning capacity in the future
- Specialist appointments for particular injuries
- Emergency room costs from the day of your accident
With these costs, you will calculate how much you have paid out of your own pocket, or how much you have lost in missed time at work. If your injuries are severe enough that you are not able to perform your normal job duties, you could also seek damages for what you would have earned.
Then there are negative effects of your injury that do not cost you actual money. Those are non-economic damages, as outlined by CCP §1431.2, and you can still seek compensation for them. Those damages include things like:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
These things may not have cost you real dollars, but they are still damaging. Non-economic damages can make it difficult to move on with your life after an accident.
Your lawyer can figure out the correct amount of awards to seek in your case, so you do not need to. When you work with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we will work to get you the most compensation possible for all you have endured. Get back what is yours.
For a free legal consultation with a Dog Bite Lawyer serving Pasadena, call (800) 816-0755
Get Your Case Started with Us
When the dog attacked you, you suffered pain and fear. You have had to pay money because of your injury. Now, you can get back what is yours. The dog owner is responsible for paying for your bills that resulted from the injury. You should not have to pay for a mistake that was not yours.
Our team is serving your area, and we want to get you justice. You can seek compensation for costs such as medical bills, lost wages, and emergency room visits. You could also qualify for damages like pain and suffering.
Call us today at (800) 816-0755 to discuss the details of your accident. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has a Los Angeles dog bite lawyer, ready to help you. The consultation is free—you will only pay us if we win.