Santa Ana Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog Bites, Attacks and Maulings in Santa Ana, CA
It is no doubt that dogs bring companionship, enjoyment and even protection to so many families across the United States. Unfortunately, some dog owners are irresponsible with their pets, leading to thousands of people being bitten, mauled or attacked by a dog each year.
While most dog bites are relatively minor and can be treated at home, the more serious dog bites can cause painful and life altering injuries. These injuries can include, but are not limited to, permanent scarring, disfigurement, psychological trauma and sometimes death. These injuries will require emergency medical treatment, often resulting in costly medical bills.
Though certain breeds are well-known for their aggressive behaviors, any dog breed has the potential to bite, oftentimes resulting in serious and permanent injuries.
Dog Bites in Children
Dogs and other animals are often an irresistible lure to children. However, children tend to be at an especially high risk for face bite injuries since they are typically at a height where they are interacting at eye-level and their unsteady actions are often startling to a dog.
Parents should always closely watch their children around dogs at all times, especially if the dog’s behavior around kids is uncertain. However, even the most vigilant parents cannot always prevent a sudden attack from happening.
Strict Liability for Dog Owners
Luckily for California dog bite victims, California is a strict liability state. Simply put, this means that dog owners are responsible for their dogs and may be held liable if their dog attacks a person, whether or not the owner knew the dog was aggressive or likely to bite someone. This differs from states where plaintiffs must prove that the owner knew or should have known of the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
In a dog bite lawsuit, the victim or the person suing on their behalf must demonstrate with evidence that the defendant is responsible because they were the owner of the dog at the time the bite occurred, then the dog owner may be held personally liable. In some cases, the bite or attack is covered by their homeowner’s insurance, depending on where the bite occurred and what the insurance policy explicitly covers. If the dog is a stray and there is no known owner, a person who was bitten may not have legal recourse.
Consulting a Lawyer
If you or a loved is ever bitten by an animal, you may be entitled to recover damages for any injuries that resulted. Determining your legal rights can be overwhelming and unimaginably complicated in this emotional time. You will likely have questions about your rights and you should consider immediately contacting a personal injury attorney with experience handling dog/animal bite cases. Keep in mind that time is of the essence when filing a case because the statute of limitations for a dog bite lawsuit in California is 2 years. That means claims filed after this time period will be time-barred and dismissed.
A serious dog bite can result in costly medical bills, lost wages, and costs that are more difficult to measure like pain and suffering. Some victims may need facial reconstruction surgery or other plastic surgery as a result of their injuries. Those with permanent injuries may also wish to seek compensation for future lost earnings, if the effects of the dog bite will likely affect their future job prospects.
If you believe you have a case because of a vicious dog attack in Santa Ana, contact us at the law offices of Brent Duque today for more information and a free consultation. We are here to help you get through this.
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