About Dog Bites
Los Angeles Dog Bite Injury Attorney
What constitutes a "dog bite"? This action occurs when a dog seizes something with his or her mouth. This may be the person's body or his or her clothing, and to constitute a bite it is not necessary that the skin is broken or that a visible wound results. In fact, a bite may be defined as gripping with the teeth in order to grab, enter or wound. Whether the skin is punctured, serious injury may result from a dog bite. The victim may also suffer injury not only from the bite itself but also from falling or being pushed to the ground by the dog. Specific definitions of dog bites will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so it is important to understand the particular laws or rules in your area.
When a person is injured by a dog, he or she may be able to bring a civil claim or lawsuit against the owner. This may give the dog bite victim the opportunity to recover financial damages for medical care, lost wages, future treatment, plastic surgery to repair scarring, and possibly more. If you would like to talk about your claim and what it may be worth, an injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group can talk to you about your options during a free consultation.
More Information about Dog Bites in Los Angeles
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Dog Bite Liability
In California, liability for dog bites is laid on the shoulders of dog owners. The state recognizes strict liability in these matters, meaning the owner of the dog may be held accountable even if the dog had no history of aggression or had not attacked someone in the past. To find out whether you can hold the dog owner accountable, call an attorney at our offices or click here to read more about dog bite liability.
Why Dogs Bite
Dogs are animals, and no matter how domesticated they may seem, they are still subject to instinct. Some breeds tend to be more aggressive than others, and some of the friendliest dogs may attack in specific circumstances if they are injured or feel threatened. In some scenarios, dogs are specifically trained to be aggressive, and this may present significant danger to even an innocent passerby or a child. Click here to read more about why dogs bite.
Bodily & Emotional Injuries
A dog bite may cause both physical and emotional injury to a victim. The attack itself may be a source of great psychological trauma for the victim, leading to a fear of dogs, depression or a fear of the outdoors. The injuries sustained in the attack, particularly if to the face, head or neck, may be a source of emotional trauma if they leave lasting scars. Click here to read more about bodily and emotional injuries.
After a Dog Bite
There are a few simple steps you can take after a dog attack that may help you file an injury claim against the owner of the dog. If possible, identify the dog and its owner. Get the contact information of the owner and any witnesses who were present at the time of the attack. Seek medical care as soon as possible. Take photographs of your injuries and keep detailed notes and receipts of all expenses and missed work. As soon as you can, involve a lawyer who can help you deal with the insurance company to seek fair compensation. Click here to read more about what to do after a dog bite.
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