Help for People Injured by Dogs
Animal attacks, particularly unprovoked attacks by dogs, are a serious problem in every community. Often, animal attacks leave both adults and children with a lifetime of physical and emotional injuries. The problem is serious in California. Our State Legislature has stated that these animal attacks are a “threat to the safety and welfare of citizens of this state. In recent years, they have assaulted without provocation and seriously injured numerous individuals, particularly children…”
As to dog attacks specifically, the California Legislature has stated “the number and severity of these attacks are attributable to the failure of owners to register, confine, and properly control vicious and potentially dangerous dogs.”
Dog bites can be extremely serious. Such injuries regularly cause disfiguring scars, muscle damage, nerve damage, broken bones, psychological harm, and other serious injuries. Fresno Injury Law® A Professional Corporation can help guide you through the process of recovery and compensation.
Fresno Injury Law® A Professional Corporation knows and understands the laws of the State of California, and particularly law relating to animal attacks, including those by vicious and dangerous dogs. The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog. This is true whether the injury occurs in a public place or in a private place, such as the dog owner’s own property. The owner is responsible regardless of whether or not he or she had prior knowledge of the viciousness of the animal. Of course, if the owner or keeper of the dog had prior knowledge that the animal was dangerous, then that person can be held strictly liable for any damage to others.Strict liability merely makes it easier to prove you case.
Anyone, young or old, can be a victim of an animal attack, but the vast majority of animal attack victims are small children. In fact, dog bites are the cause of more emergency room visits by children than any other childhood injury, even burn injuries. A small child bitten by a dog owned by a friend, neighbor or a relative can suffer both physical and emotional problems. Many people are reluctant to sue friends, neighbors and or relatives. But you need to understand that these injuries are usually covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy, and may even insurance claims under an excess or umbrella policy, as well. But your attorney must know California Dog Bite Laws to get the maximum recovery for you, the recovery you deserve.
Fresno Injury Law® A Professional Corporation has the necessary knowledge concerning animal attack lawsuits and insurance claims. Our office will help you determine the amount of your money damages claims and how to recover them in a timely fashion. This may include damages for future care if you suffer permanent injuries to your body or mind. Let us help you determine what insurance coverage or policies are available before you simply give up on your dog attack case. If there is insurance coverage available, the Office of Fresno Injury Law® A Professional Corporation will find it.
You’ll even get help in finding a doctor, if needed, and help you get a doctor to work on a lien if you cannot afford the best medical care for yourself or your small child who is injured by an animal attack. We can also help locate a psychiatrist or psychologist to help with the emotional difficulties of an attack by a dangerous animal.