If you or someone you love recently injured by a dog bite in San Jose, CA, you may be eligible for a monetary settlement or award from the animal’s owner or their insurance company. In California, pet owners must follow strict liability laws and protect others from their animals’ aggressive tendencies. If the owner of the animal that bit you exhibited negligence in any way, you may be able to hold them liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
A San Jose dog bite lawyer can collect evidence proving the dog owner’s negligence, pursue them with a liability claim, and take on their insurance company if necessary to help you recover a fair monetary settlement. We believe our clients should only pay for results, which is why we never charge a fee until you get paid.
To receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation today, and learn your legal options, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444.
California Dog Bite Liability
California Civil Code 3342 tilts heavily in favor of dog bite victims, holding pet owners liable for most injuries caused by their animals, even if they did not know or had no way of knowing their animal had aggressive tendencies.
According to the state’s statutes, a dog owner is liable for a bite or attack perpetrated by the animal if the incident occurs in a public place or on private property—including the owner’s home where the animal resides—where the victim was lawfully present.
In other words, even if you were a guest in the dog owner’s own home when the bite occurred, and even if the animal had no history of aggression, the owner is still liable for your injuries.
The only circumstances in which a dog owner might not be liable for injuries caused by a bite are when the victim was unlawfully at the residence, such as in a case of robbery, burglary, vandalism, or prowling. Also, you might not benefit from suing if the animal was used by police during an arrest if you broke the law.
Otherwise, almost without exception, the owner is liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and a host of other damages.
A San Jose dog bite lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can pursue compensation from the owner and their insurance company and help you receive financial recovery based on the facts of your case. We are eager to get to work for you right away.
Recoverable Compensation for a Dog Bite Injury
Dog bite victims in California may pursue the pet owner and other responsible parties for both economic and non-economic damages associated with the injury. We can tabulate the full slate of losses you have incurred and go after the responsible party or parties for the full amount. Your monetary settlement may include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional anguish
- Reduced earning capacity
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How Our Team Helps You Recover Compensation
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the job of our dog bite attorneys in San Jose is to uphold your rights as an injured victim and help you recover fair compensation. We can conduct a free case evaluation, at which we will determine if and how we can help you and review all your options with you. Once you decide to move forward, we will get to work right away.
Identify Responsible Parties
We can investigate your injury and determine who the liable party or parties are. Presumably, it is the owner of the animal that bit you, but depending on the unique circumstances of your case, it may be someone else – a pet boarding center, a veterinarian, or another party.
We can gather evidence against the responsible party or parties showing that they exhibited negligence in failing to protect you from the animal. This evidence will be valuable when we file a claim and pursue compensation.
Build a Case
We can use the evidence we gather to assemble a detailed, organized case on your behalf. With this documentation, we can approach the responsible parties, their attorneys, and their insurers and ask for a fair settlement.
File a Claim
Finally, we can file a claim on your behalf. We will try to settle out of court, but if the other side does not agree to compensate you fairly, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and try your case in front of a jury.
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The California Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Injury Claims
Under California law, dog bite injury victims have two years to take legal action against the owner of the animal or any other responsible parties. If you do not file before the statute of limitations expires, you could lose your right to compensation. The dog bite injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you file a quick lawsuit if necessary, to keep your case active in the face of an impending deadline.
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Consult with a San Jose Dog Bite Lawyer Today
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is ready to get started on your personal injury case today. There are never any upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs to dog bite victims. We take our fee from the settlement we secure on your behalf. And we never shy away from the tough cases. To speak with a member of our team and receive a free case evaluation, call (800) 794-0444.