After a dog bites you or a loved one in a public place or while lawfully on private property, and you are significantly hurt, you can pursue compensation from the dog’s owner. California’s dog bite law, Civil Code (CIV) § 3342, states that the owner of a dog is liable for damages you suffered as a result of their dog biting you, whether the owner knew about their dog’s tendency to act viciously or not.
A Pico Rivera dog bite lawyer can help you hold the owner of the dog that bit you or a family member responsible for the harm you endured. We do not shy away from tough cases and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not charge clients any fees unless we win your case. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 816-0755 for a free case evaluation.
Prioritizing Your Health After a Dog Bite
If you or your family member have not yet sought medical attention after experiencing a dog bite, it is imperative that you do so immediately. Dogs carry bacteria in their saliva that can cause a victim to develop a life-threatening infection. It is possible to suffer from sepsis or contract tetanus if you have not received a tetanus shot recently, and a dog bite can also cause rabies if the dog is not vaccinated.
The sooner you visit with a doctor and receive medical care, the more likely you are to recover quickly from a dog bite, and you may be reducing your chances of the wound becoming infected. Make sure to take the doctor’s advice and monitor the wound to see if it worsens, in which case you would go back to the doctor and continue treatment.
If you become ill after a dog bite and are being treated, there may be hefty medical expenses as a result. Regardless of the cost of treatment and other costs, such as physical therapy, you should not have to pay out of pocket for medical expenses that you incurred through no fault of your own. A lawyer can obtain medical documents that serve as crucial evidence for your claim, showing the link between your injuries and the dog bite. We want to make sure you are not further damaged by this situation. The party liable for your harm should pay for treatment and other losses, not you.
A Pico Rivera Dog Bite Lawyer Can Handle the Entirety of Your Case
You should not have to worry about both recovering from your injury and filing a claim and/or lawsuit. Allow a lawyer to shoulder the burden of the legal work while you focus on your health. We want to bring justice and compensation to you, and we will work tirelessly to achieve this. In addition to acquiring your medical documents to show proof that your medical bills are the result of a dog bite injury, a legal professional can reach out to witnesses of the attack if there are any and interview them for pertinent information.
A lawyer may be able to negotiate with the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance as this type of insurance usually covers dog bites. If the insurance company refuses to agree to a settlement, we can litigate the case and continue the fight for a just reward in court. If the owner does not have dog bites covered under their homeowner’s insurance, then a lawyer can file a lawsuit against the dog owner on your behalf. They can make in-person appearances for you and make sure you make the deadline to file a lawsuit.
In the state of California, a victim usually has two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in accordance with California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1. If a loved one lost their life due to falling ill from a dog bite, a lawyer might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit for your family. California allows up to two years for this action as well. You can be compensated for funeral and burial costs and more.
Call us today to discuss your case with a representative of our firm and find out your legal options.
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Potentially Recoverable Losses After a California Dog Bite
You may be able to recover more than medical bills after a shocking and frightening dog bite. If there was damage to personal property in the attack, you might be compensated for this, too. If you suffered a loss of income for missing work to recover from the attack or now have a diminished earning capacity due to an inability to perform the same job, you might be able to recover compensation for these damages.
You may also be rewarded non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and temporary or permanent disability. A lawyer can evaluate your damages and work to get you the award you deserve.
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Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today for Legal Support
A dog bite attack can leave a person feeling scared for their health and future and nervous about financial damages. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is here to tell you that you are not alone and are entitled to legal representation that can make a difference in your case’s outcome. A dog bite can either severely harm someone or worse, and you should get medical attention as soon as possible. You can also reach out to a Pico Rivera dog bite lawyer who has your best interests in mind and can ensure your legal rights remain protected.
Call today at (800) 816-0755 for a free consultation with a member of our team to find out how we can help. You pay no upfront fees. Our firm takes its fee from the potential settlement or court award we get you. Do not hesitate to reach out as you only have so long to take action. It takes time to build a case, so call as soon as possible so we can get started.