Dog bites can be extremely traumatic and cause injuries that may last for a long time. If you, or one of your family, have been bitten by a dog you should not hesitate but seek medical attention immediately. If the dog bite injury was not your fault, contact the Sorkin Law Group to see if your injury is eligible for a damages claim against the person who caused your dog bite.
Dog bite injuries can be serious if left untreated, so a victim should seek medical treatment quickly after the bites have taken place. Dog bites are sometimes prone to infection, so they should be treated by a doctor at a hospital or emergency room.
Once you have been treated for your dog bites, you shouldn’t just ignore the event, but you must take some action. This is not because you are legally entitled to be compensated for any hardship but also as a way of protecting others from a similar thing happening to them.
You may have seen the dog before or it might be completely unfamiliar to you, but ensure you know exactly where the dog was located so that the owner can be sought. The identity of the owner is essential as they are the one responsible for the dog bites The way that compensation is paid is not directly from the dog owner but through their home insurance.
As soon as possible following the dog attack the incident must be reported either to the animal control agency which is controlled by the local county or to the sheriff’s office. In the report you will be required to furnish a description of the dog e.g. breed, size and color and the name and address of the owner.
If you have a cell phone on you, don’t forget to take some photos of the dog or get a witness or a friend to do the job. Also, photographs of the injuries should be taken as well and any damaged clothing.
It is time now to contact an experienced dog bite attorney at Sorkin Law Group to arrange a free consultation to discuss filing a damages claim against the dog’s owner. Following the attack, you may be in considerable pain and the dog bites might require a course of treatment. If you were attacked in the face, temporary or permanent disability may have occurred. Restoring your health and physical state to normal may involve costly medical treatment and time off work to facilitate a full recovery.
Often, the insurance company of the dog owner will approach you offering a cash amount to make you feel more at ease. This isn’t good enough, as a lengthy investigation and the need to compile a comprehensive report of all the hardship you are encountering financially is necessary.
You have a far better chance of a better claim if you use a dog bite attorney. For example, if your dog bites require long term treatment to minimize scarring, then an attorney will know that this has to be included in your claim. Just taking immediate treatment costs into consideration is not good enough as the amount of money due to you should cover you for the complete duration of medical treatment as the dog bites were not your fault.
No one wants to admit responsibility for causing injury to someone else and even though under California law a dog owner is liable for any injuries that have occurred in a dog attack, they often try to release themselves from liability. California’s liability law is only applicable if the victim was attacked in a public place, so often a dog owner will claim that the dog bite victim was actually trespassing at the time of the attack.
A person is considered to be legal on privately owned property if the law allows them to be there such as for delivering mail or as a fire fighter or an ambulance driver. A friend or social guest who visits should enter the home through the appropriate entrance way. If they climb over a fence or try to enter through a back door then the dog owner may not be liable if dog bites are the result.
If you have been bitten by a dog and the skin has been injured or there is bruising then this is classified as a dog bite under California law but if someone is knocked over by a dog and hits their head then the injury does not come under dog bite liability. However, there are still ways a compensation claim can be made. If you contact the Sorkin Law Group for your free consultation, this will all be explained to you.