Dog Bite Accident Attorneys

Dog Bite Accident Attorneys in Fresno

Dog Bite Accident Attorneys in Fresno

If you have been injured by another dog, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries suffered. Contact our dog bite attorneys today.

According to the Fresno County Public Health Department, there are around 20,000 people that are bitten by dogs every year. 64% of those that have been bitten are children.  Younger boys are more likely to be bitten by dogs than younger girls. Children are a very vulnerable group who could suffer severe injuries from dog bites.

If you or a loved one have been injured by another’s dog, you have the right to seek compensation from the negligent party, which may be the dog owner. Our accident attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who have been injured by dog bites. We understand what a traumatic experience it may be, especially for younger children. Our accident attorneys are on your side every step of the way, and will work tirelessly to make sure that you get the justice you deserve.

Dogs have proven to be great emotional support animals during stressful times. But unfortunately there are several instances where dogs could lash out and get defensive, causing injuries to others. Every state in the United States has a different type of law that addresses a dog owner’s liability when their dog bites another.

California specifically has strict liability laws. The strict liability laws state that a dog owner is responsible for their dog’s injuries. The state of California is very generous and liberal when it comes to victims of dog bites. There are several victim-friendly laws.

Strict Liability in California

California strict liability laws make the owner completely liable. This means that the dog owner essentially has no viable defenses against this theory. For example, the dog owner cannot raise the defense that they took protective measures or that they were not aware of their dog’s dangerous tendencies.

Strict liability also applies to dogs that do not have a history of biting. For example, if you just adopted your dog, and were not aware that your dog tends to bite others when they are scared, you may still be held liable.

Could I sue a dog owner if I'm a veterinarian?

Veterinarians and those who work in animal shelters do not have the right to hold a dog owner strictly liable for a dog bite. This is because they are aware of the risks associated with working with animals.

What if I was trespassing on another person's property?

If you are trespassing on another person’s property, and were bitten by their dog, you may not be able to hold the dog owner strictly liable for your injuries suffered. But you can file a lawsuit against the dog owner under a negligence theory. For more information, contact our top-rated accident attorneys today.

What if I am partially responsible for my dog bite injury?

An owner will not be held liable under a strict liability theory if the victim was also responsible for their injuries suffered. For example, if the victim was harassing the animal before the animal bit them, the victim may have their damages decreased depending on their liability.

Why do dog bites happen?

It may be difficult to understand what a dog may be thinking or feeling at the time of the dog bite, however there are some circumstances that may cause the dog to bite. For example:

  • A dog that has been treated aggressively their entire life may not know how to react around strangers
  • A dog who is in pain and needs immediate medical care may try to bite humans to alert them of a problem
  • A dog who has never been kept indoors and domesticated could exhibit dangerous behavior
  • Children who will get very close to a dog may intimidate or frighten the dog
  • A dog would want to exert dominance and power over an area, and may bite humans to assert superiority

To determine exactly what caused your dog bite accident, contact our attorneys. Our accident attorneys will gather all the evidence necessary to hold the at-fault parties liable.

What kind of compensation can I receive for my dog bite injuries?

  • Medical bills: this includes transportation to and from the hospital, any surgeries and treatments received, and any prescription medication required.
  • Lost wages: this refers to any past lost wages the victim missed out on while being treated for their injuries, along with any future income.
  • Pain and suffering: this is one of the most common types of compensation caused by a dog bite accident. Usually, dog bites occur in the homes, and victims are people the dog may know. Being the victim of a dog bite could be a very traumatic experience and lead to emotional trauma such as PTSD, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Emotional trauma is especially seen in younger children.

What is considered a dog bite?

Under California strict liability law, a bite is still considered an injury even if the skin was not broken, and even if the bite took place in a private place.

When does California strict liability law not apply?

California strict liability laws do not apply in certain specific circumstances. For example, if someone has been bitten by a military dog or a police dog while they were on duty, the injured party may not have a strict liability claim against the dog owner. To determine whether you qualify for a strict liability claim against the dog owner, contact our dog bite attorneys today for a free no risk case evaluation. During this consultation, we will review all the details of your case, and determine who the liable parties may be, along with the compensation you could receive.

What are common dog bite injuries?

Usually, dog bites require expensive medical treatments, especially because they need to be constantly monitored for any future diseases or infections that could present itself. Usually, doctors treat dog bites with antibiotics, which could be very costly for an injured victim. Common injuries that have been caused by dog bites include:

  • Infections
  • Amputations
  • Dismemberment
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Broken bones 
  • Internal bleeding
  • Scarring

If you have suffered any of the above injuries, and have medical bills, contact our attorneys to see how we can fight for your rights and make sure that you get compensated for these bills.

When can I file my dog bite case in California?

California statute of limitations laws require that the plaintiff who has suffered an injury file the lawsuit within two years of the accident. The clock starts ticking the day of the accident.

Where do dog bites occur?

Dog bites usually occur in homes because dogs may feel scared or frightened. Dogs always try to resort to biting to protect themselves.

How can I prevent a dog bite?

  1. Do not run away from a dog
  2. Do not scream when being approached by dangerous dog
  3. Do not have eye contact with a dog
  4. Do not disturb a dog while they are sleeping, eating, or drinking water
  5. Do not aggressively play with a dog

What if I have suffered a minor dog bite?

Whether you have suffered a minor or a major dog bite, you still have the right to see compensation for your injuries. As long as you have suffered actual damages, you may be able to hold the defendant liable.

What is the most common dog that bites?

 Statistics show that Pitbulls are more likely to bite humans than any other dog.

Will the dog have to be euthanized after biting me?

Usually, dogs do not have to be put to sleep after biting a victim. But, if this is not the first time the dog has bitten another person and caused severe injury, there is the option to have the dog euthanized for dangerous behavior.

Contact our California dog bite attorneys today to see how we can obtain favorable compensation. We will negotiate and communicate with at-fault parties to make sure that you receive the care you deserve. We have a successful history representing those who have been injured in dog accidents, and have $300 million for our clients.

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