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Is There a Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Cases?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

  When a dog bite injury occurs there are many urgent things you will need to take care of: from seeking immediate medical attention, to notifying the authorities of the bite, and of course, considering whether or not to consult with a personal injury lawyer.  It may be important to figure out relatively quickly whether or not you are going to sue.  Finding the right lawyer to help you is of extreme importance.  Because, while you may have a few years to decide whether or not it is worth it to sue, you won’t have forever. In fact California’s dog bite law, section 3342 of the Civil Code, states that the owner of any dog is liable for damages and that the statute of limitations for making a claim is 2 years.   Others factors may play into whether or not you are able to sue, such as if it was a minor who was bitten by the dog, or if you were legally on the property of the dog’s owner.  Meet as soon as is reasonable after the initial injury with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in dog bite law and who knows both the local and state laws regarding dog bites. It is most helpful to meet sooner rather than later with a dog bite lawyer while all of the details are fresh in your mind.   Look for an experienced personal injury lawyer who is going to help you do what you need to do in order to win the case against the dog’s owner. Make sure that they have experience in what  they are doing as your personal injury attorney.  You should feel  confident in their ability to help you. You don’t need to be worried about the statute of limitations if you consult right away and seek  proper legal advice.   Contact the Dog Bite Claim Center for a review of your case.  Call 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your possible dog bite lawsuit.  We are experts in investigations and negotiating on your behalf.     9841 Irvine Center Drive Suite 210 Irvine, CA 92618 949/861-2191  ...

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Q and A on Dog Bite Cases

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

  I was driving down the street, when a dog who had gotten out of his back yard went running across the street.  A motorcycle rider swerved to get out of the way of the dog and ran into my car, causing me to drive into a tree.  The motorcycle rider and I were both injured and our vehicles were severely damaged.  My insurance company is going after the dog’s owner for causing the accident.  Is this right?   Yes, it very well may be the responsibility of the dog’s owner.  In this case, your insurance company would be going after the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy.  Under California state law, an owner is required to maintain control of his dog at all times.  This may turn out to be a lengthy case, with insurance companies battling to deny liability.  Contact a dog bite attorney who is familiar and experienced with local dog bite laws who will be able to assess your particular situation.     My neighbor’s dog attacked and killed another neighbor’s cat a year ago.  Now, the same dog bit my dog, and then me when I was trying to protect my dog.  My neighbor often lets the dog off of a leash.  Is this legal?   More than likely not.  Under California law, a dog who has caused injury to another animal or person within a period of 3 years may be legally classified as a “potentially dangerous dog” or a “vicious dog”.  Both terms are defined under the Dangerous Dog Statue.  State law holds the dog’s owner to be liable for any damages or injuries caused by the dog in public places, and in some cases even while on the owner’s property, if the victim is there legally.  This is a situation where a consultation with a dog bite attorney who practices and has knowledge of local dog bite laws can be very helpful.   I was bitten by a dog in a park.  The dog was off leash, but the park had a sign saying all dogs were to be on a leash.  I had severe bites and muscle damage, and had to miss 3 weeks of work.  Now I need surgery to repair some of the damaged muscle and tendons.  How do I know if I need an attorney?   This is a perfect example of when you need to consult with a dog bite attorney.  Your injuries are significant, and may even be ongoing for some time to come.  Insurance companies can deny liability, trying to put it back on to your health insurance policy to cover the medical expenses.  In actuality, the dog’s owner is the one who is liable, and should be held  to account financially.  Consult immediately with a dog bite attorney before the statute of limitations runs out, and you lose your chances of a fair and...

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How Can You Lessen the Chances of a Dog Bite Attack?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

Vicious dogs are a danger to everyone, including their owners. Not only are humans at risk for being brutally attacked, but so are other dogs. Small children and elderly people are often fatally injured in vicious dog attacks.  It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their dog is not allowed to freely roam the streets to attack innocent people. Any damages and bodily injuries caused by someone’s pet is a case for legal representation. A Newport dog bite lawyer can help get victims the compensation they deserve. Unfortunately, not all pet owners are responsible and accidents can happen. However, there are ways to protect yourself against vicious dogs that are running loose.  When an aggressive dog is approaching, the most important thing a person has to remember is not to run. Standing completely still and avoiding direct eye contact will be less threatening to a dog who is showing aggressive behavior. Looking at a dog in the eye is perceived as a challenging or dominant behavior, especially when the dog is aggressive. Humans should never turn their backs on a vicious dog because this is a prime opportunity for the dog to make its move to attack.  Screaming very loudly for help to draw the attention of the owners or anyone in the area is a good idea. Usually someone will hear the cry for help and come to render aid. A dog will think it is outnumbered and usually back down if more people are approaching.  If all else fails and a dog is determined to attack, carrying a can of pepper spray can also prevent a dog from biting. Pepper spray works for dogs just as it does for human attackers. A dog will most likely try to get away from the source of the pain and give the victim time to get away to a safe distance.  Dog attacks are a serious matter, especially when someone is injured and has acquired hefty medical bills. Hiring a Newport dog bite lawyer will help victims get compensated for their losses, as well as bring the dog’s owner to justice.  Contact the Dog Bite Claim Center for a review of your case.  Call 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your possible dog bite lawsuit.  We are experts in investigations and negotiating on your behalf.    9841 Irvine Center Drive Suite 210 Irvine, CA 92618...

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Newport Dog Bite Victim: What You Need to Know About Your Rights

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

What You Must Understand About The Law Regarding Newport Dog Bites A dog bite can be serious, scary, and entitle you to compensation. Injuries from dog bite can result in pain, distress, and emotional trauma. Some bites are serious enough to require extensive medical attention. A visit with a physician is necessary to ensure there is no infection and antibiotics and stitches may be required for deeper bites. Unfortunately, this can lead to expensive medical bills which were unexpected and unaffordable. A settlement can be reached with the dog owner’s insurance company, but this is complicated and can take a long time.   Newport dog bite laws may be of help if you were not trespassing when you were bitten. The specifics of the case including where the bite occurred, the type of dog, and the circumstances are important and will help to determine if you have a case. A bite from a Pit Bull or a Rottweiler increases your chances of winning in a lawsuit because these breeds often put people in jeopardy for a possible bite. When injuries from dog bite occur because the dog has been trained as an attack or a defense dog this can prove that the owner trained the dog to harm people.   The best course of action is to consult with a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with Newport dog bite laws and has experience with this type of case. The laws regarding dog bites vary according to the municipality and any dog owner is liable when their dog has bitten someone. It must be proven that the attack was caused because the owner of the dog violated one of the laws for animal control, was negligent, or the dog was vicious. One law requires dogs to be on a leash and if this was not the case you may have a lawsuit. If the dog has bitten someone before or the dog was not on private property at the time the bite occurred you may have a case you can win. An attorney is necessary to understand the laws and establish if you have a case.   Contact the Dog Bite Claim Center for a review of your case.  Call 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your possible dog bite lawsuit.  We are experts in investigations and negotiating on your behalf.     9841 Irvine Center Drive Suite 210 Irvine, CA 92618...

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Why You May Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Orange County: Dangerous Dogs and Bites

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

  Many people have a deep love for dogs of all kinds, particularly their own.  In fact, almost 90 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Association’s  2017-2018 survey.  While no owner ever wants to think the worst is possible of their beloved pet, the fact of the matter is that ALL dogs can be dangerous biters, particularly if the victim is a young child.  Dog bites occur far more frequently than many realize, in fact, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. The rate of dog-bite–related injuries is highest for those 5 to 9 years old, with over half of dog-bite injuries occurring at home with dogs that are familiar to the victims.  If a dog bite incident occurs, a personal injury lawyer in Orange County that is familiar with dog bite law can help.   According to the Insurance Information Institute, “California continued to have the largest number of claims in the United States, at 1,934 in 2016, an increase from 1,684 in 2015. California also had the highest average cost per claim at $76 million…the trend in higher costs per claim is attributable not only to dog bites but also to dogs knocking down children, cyclists, the elderly, etc., which can result in injuries that impact the potential severity of the losses.”  What kind of liability do dog owners have in California?  The basic dog bite statute provides that the owner is automatically liable for any injury or property damage caused without provocation.  The applicable code (California Civil Code, Section 3342) states: “(a) The owner of any dog is liable for damages suffered by any person who is bitten by a dog with in a public place or lawfully in a private place … regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”   Despite the disposition of the dog, an owner should never leave a dog alone with a child, especially an unknown one, as was the case in a recent dog-bite incident of a four year old girl dining with her parents in Carlsbad, CA. The owner invited the child to pet the dog, which the girl did, then the owner left the dog with her own daughters, at which point, the dog attacked the four year old’s face.   This incident could be an excellent example of liability under the negligence law, where the owner is liable because they were negligent in controlling the dog.  A personal injury lawyer in Orange County can help you determine if an owner should have liability for any dog bite a victim receives.   Contact the Dog Bite Claim Center for a review of your case.  Call 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your possible dog bite lawsuit.  We are experts...

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