With a particular expertise in California laws regarding dog bites, the attorneys at Edzant Price assist victims of dog attacks to receive fair compensation for their injuries. We’ve witnessed the incidence of dog bites in California grow at an alarming rate. Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year—that’s 2 percent of the country’s entire population every 365 days! Unfortunately, many of these victims are children.
Many dog bites are minor and barely break the skin, but even minor bites can become infected, necessitating extensive medical care. Without immediate medical attention and post-wound care, dog bite wounds can fester, leaving the victim with substantial scarring, disfigurement, and pain, often requiring surgery.
Being bitten by a dog can be a very traumatic experience. Anyone who has been the victim of an animal attack should seek medical treatment immediately, even if the bite seems like a minor injury. Dogs and other animals can pass on diseases, including rabies, to their attack victims, so don’t take any chances. Infections from a bite can become serious enough to require hospitalization and surgery. If possible, the victim should contact the animal’s owner and attempt to get a copy of the vaccination records to prevent from having to go through a round of painful preventative rabies shots.
We recommend that our clients write down detailed notes about the attack as soon as possible after it occurs because, over time, memories will fade or change, which can make it harder for us to build a case and successfully obtain proper compensation. It is also important to take many sharp photographs of the bite and any other injuries and, if possible, the scene where the attack took place.
It can be tempting to try to handle the situation on your own with the dog owner, especially if he or she is a neighbor or friend. However, even if you do manage to get the owner to cover your medical bills (highly unlikely), you won’t receive compensation for pain and suffering, future medical expenses, scarring, lost wages, or other related expenses from the dog’s owner without help from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. The bottom line is that people are almost always apologetic for an incident until you start giving them the bills—then the interaction typically becomes far more confrontational.
Of course, some dog owners will attempt to tell you that their dog didn’t do anything wrong by biting you. They may argue that you were not lawfully on their property or that you did something to provoke the dog. As dog bite lawyers, the attorneys at Edzant Price know through extensive dog bite litigation experience that California has very strict laws regarding dog bites, and they will help to ensure that these laws protect you.
In the vast majority of cases that Edzant Price LLP has handled, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance has been required to accept full responsibility and pay for the incident.
Don’t let the breed of dog that bit you discourage you from calling Edzant Price LLP immediately. Regardless of the breed, if you are involved in a dog bite case in Santa Clarita or in Los Angeles County, don’t take the matter into your own hands. Contact our experienced dog bite attorneys for an immediate free consultation.