Dog Bite Law

Dog bite laws can vary by municipality. Cities within the same county may have laws which differ from each other. Some areas ban certain breeds of dogs. This type of law is known as BSL, or Breed Specific Legislation. Commonly banned dogs may include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and other dogs known to be vicious.

Don’t Take a Dog Bite Injury Lightly

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

Don’t Take a Dog Bite Injury Lightly   There are all kinds of reasons that you may have been bitten by a dog.  The circumstances can range anywhere from an encounter with a strange dog that you have never been around before, and it gets nervous and bites you – to a playful pup of a dog just taking a small bite because it is still growing teeth at a young age.   Whatever the reason a dog may have bitten you might be, you shouldn’t let the incident just pass by. Right then and there is the time to take action against what has just occurred to you.  Immediate medical treatment is the first thing to do after the incident.   Go To The Hospital   If a dog has bitten you hard enough to break the skin, you need to go to the hospital immediately and have it checked out and to have any possible stitching or bandages applied on the visit. Infection can be more serious than the initial injury.  If it happens to be a smaller bite,  leaving just a small gash or a scrape, run cold water over the affected area, use an antibacterial on the wound and be sure to bandage up the spot. A dog bite injury can be wide ranging, depending on the dog and how they happened to bite you.   Make Sure To Let The Authorities Know What Happened   If you get bitten by a dog the next thing you need to do after getting medical attention is to alert the authorities and tell them what has happened to you.  Be sure to document any hospital visits or medical treatment that you received.  Provide photos of the injury site that you may have taken. You can’t just sit idly by after an incident like this has taken place because that same dog could then go after someone else if the problem isn’t taken care of immediately.   If The Case Is Strong Enough Call An Attorney   If you feel that the dog bite injury has been bad enough to seek medical attention and you had to get stitches, then you should make your next call after the authorities to an attorney and discuss your case with them to see what can be done about it all. You don’t want to be stuck with any kind of bills due to no fault of your own. If you have been bitten by a dog, you need a personal injury attorney who has experience with local dog bite laws working on your behalf.   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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Dog Attack Injuries: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Dog Bite Law

Dog attacks are a serious thing, not to be taken lightly.  An attack may consist of actual dog bites, knockdowns by large dogs, and other dog related injuries. Dog attacks can be significant and lead to the loss of life, permanent disability, and may require major medical treatments. Victims of dog attacks should receive compensation for the injuries that they receive from the owners of the responsible dog. Sometimes getting compensation from a dog owner can be challenging, but that is where a great attorney who specializes on dog injuries can come into play.   Who is Responsible for a Dog Injury?   A dog owner is responsible for injuries caused by their dog. Certain breeds of dog, like pit bulls and Rottweilers, are responsible for the vast majority of dog attacks and deaths. Pit bulls are responsible for almost seventy percent of dog attacks. Owners who have these breeds have a responsibility to make sure that they are properly trained and restrained to prevent these dog breeds from injuring others. Improperly trained dogs are the cause of most dog attack injuries and improperly restrained dogs are often responsible for the remainder. The fault lays on the dog owner, but the dog is typically the only one punished after a dog attack, when they are put to sleep.   Why does the Injured Person Deserve Compensation?   A victim of a dog bite may experience significant injuries that result in a lot of medical costs. Dog attack injuries can leave a person emotionally and psychologically scarred as well and the victims often spend their life time recovering from a dog bite. Injured people deserve compensation for the injuries they receive as a result of a dog attack, just as they would for any other injury.   How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help   It can be challenging to get proper compensation for a dog attack Injury. A personal injury attorney can help as they can establish causation of the injury, the extent of the injury and the injuries you received, and the compensation that you should receive. Further, a personal injury attorney will understand the process of making a claim and negotiating a settlement that is likely larger than you would receive if you filed a claim for a dog attack injury you received from a responsible party.   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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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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