Dog bites are unfortunate occurrences and can bring about much confusion. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, you may be wondering what to do next. The Farzam Law Firm is available to help get you on the right path.
California Dog Bite Law
California Civil Code 3342 governs dog bites in California. This statute holds pet owners strictly liable for their pet’s actions. Strict liability means the dog owner is responsible for compensating the victim without the victim having to prove the owner was negligent or the dog had a vicious history. The statute will hold an owner strictly liable for their dog’s actions, unless:
- The victim was trespassing;
- The dog was law enforcement;
- The victim was partly at fault; or
- The victim assumed the risk.
Unless your case falls under the exceptions to the statute, you may be entitled to compensation after a dog bite injury.
California Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Claims
While you may be entitled to compensation after a dog bite, failing to file your claim on time will result in the forfeiture of your rights. A statute of limitations is a law imposed to limit a victim’s time to file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations for dog bites in California is two years. Therefore, if you do not file your claim within the strict two-year time limit, you will be unable to recover from your dog attack injuries.
What to Do After a Dog Bite Injury in Los Angeles
The steps you take immediately following a dog attack can impact your health and future case.
Seek Medical Attention
After suffering a dog bite wound, seek medical attention. If the resulting injuries are severe, call 911. Otherwise, be sure to visit an emergency room or primary care physician as soon as possible. Some dog bites can have repercussions on your health, so getting your injuries checked out as quickly as possible can help minimize any further complications.
If possible, collect evidence and information. Evidence and information should include:
- Photos and videos,
- Witness information,
- Details about the dog, and
- The owner or caretaker’s information.
Your attorney will use any relevant information you gather to strengthen your case.
Report the Dog Bite
In California, you are required to report dog bites. To report a dog bite in Los Angeles, you can visit the public health website and follow the instructions provided.
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney
Having the help of a lawyer can prove to be very beneficial in the long run. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack injury, do not hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
How an Attorney Can Help
A dog bite attorney can be a valuable ally after suffering a dog bite. They will handle your case, doing everything timely and correctly to maximize your chances of recovery. Your dog bite lawyer can:
- Investigate your case,
- Interview witnesses,
- Gather evidence,
- Calculate damages, and
- Engage in settlement negotiations.
You have a higher chance of getting what you deserve after a dog bite with the help of an attorney. Your attorney will fiercely defend your rights and work to get you a fair outcome.
Contact a California Dog Bite Attorney Today
The Farzam Law Firm has over two decades of experience providing legal representation to clients in need. We have expertise in litigation and will take on even the most challenging cases. We put clients and their needs first, showing compassion and understanding during a trying time.
Our firm offers free case evaluations. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case.