If a dog attacked and injured you through no fault of your own, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to help. No matter what the circumstances, a dog attack can be very frightening and lead to painful injuries. The treatment and rehabilitation of those injuries can be costly, as well.
A Whittier dog bite lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can guide you in your case and help you understand the law. Call us at (800) 816-0755 for a no-obligation consultation. You will only be charged if we are able to obtain a financial award on your behalf.
Types of Compensation that Could Be Available
From the moment a dog bite injury occurs, the victim must begin living with the consequences. First, there is the pain and fear felt during the attack. Afterward, you have to figure out how to care for your injury. That could mean a trip to the emergency room, urgent care, or your primary care physician. If your injuries are serious, you might need to stay in the hospital for some time.
The damages that come to mind first when you consider a lawsuit are probably those that cost you money, or economic damages. These include costs such as loss of business or employment, medical bills, and lost wages. If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, funeral and burial costs would also fall into this category.
If you had to miss work or find a new job because of your injuries, those lost wages could be included as part of your lawsuit. You might find that your injuries keep you from doing the job you had prior to the attack. If this is the case, you could need to spend time and money searching for a new career and ultimately end up with a job that pays you less money. Under these circumstances, you could seek awards for your lost wages and diminished earning capacity.
You can also include non-economic damages in your personal injury lawsuit, as outlined by California Civil Code (CIV) §1431.2. These damages would include awards for things like pain and suffering, humiliation, inconvenience, mental suffering, and emotional distress. Even though it is not easy to assign a dollar value to these things, they are real, and you could deserve compensation for them.
Serious injury, hospitalization, and even death can occur from a dog bite. If the victim was a child, the long-term effects could be even more devastating. If the incident was not your fault, it is not fair that you should bear the sole burden of those costs. Let a Whittier dog bite lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm try to help you recover an award. We might be able to form a case to seek compensation for what you have already lost and hardships you might encounter in the future due to your injuries.
Dog Owner Liability
Dogs are animals, and you cannot always predict what they will do. It is, however, the owner’s duty to keep the dog out of potentially dangerous situations. That means keeping the dog on a leash, behind a fence, or inside a house. However, even with these measures, if the dog causes injury, the owner is liable in California.
In California, a dog owner is responsible for any injuries the dog causes, according to CIV §3342. It does not matter if the owner was unaware that the dog could be vicious. Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pets out of situations where accidents like yours may happen. If you were out in public or on private property legally, the owner could be responsible.
An injury caused by a dog might also be the owner’s liability. For instance, if you ran away and fell after the dog bit you, the injuries you suffered in the fall could be part of your lawsuit because the dog attack was the cause.
If the attack happened to a child, the owner may be in violation of California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) §31642, which states that a dog owner should keep their dog separated from children if the dog is potentially dangerous, even if they are at their own home. The owner may even be subject to criminal charges. A lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm could help you navigate the complexities of the law as it pertains to your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Dog Bites Lawyer serving Whittier, call (800) 816-0755
Statute of Limitations
Keep in mind that you have a limited time to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. California has a two-year time limit to file lawsuits for personal injury or wrongful death, according to California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1. If you miss this timeframe, you might not be able to get compensation for your injuries.
It takes time to build a strong case. Get the ball rolling today by giving us a call. Our personal injury team is ready to talk to you. We might be able to tell you how city or county regulations and laws could affect your case, the statute of limitations, and the amount of compensation you can ask for.
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You have been through enough. Pain, suffering, money lost, and time spent treating and rehabilitating an injury can be disruptive. Filing a lawsuit can seem overwhelming, but we can shoulder some of the burden for you by putting together a strong case for compensation. You should not suffer more because of someone else’s negligence.
Call us today at (800) 816-0755 to speak about your potential lawsuit. We have the right Whittier dog bite lawyer for you and your situation. You and your family could deserve to be compensated for an accident that was not your fault.