Gomez Trial Attorneys is San Diego’s leading law firm in dog bite cases. Over the past 10 years, our lawyers have brought and tried numerous cases to fairly compensate bite victims.
Our San Diego dog bite lawyers are very familiar with the law and issues involved in these cases, and we can help you get through the process to receive just and fair compensation your injuries.
The numbers are staggering. There are more than 83 million dogs in the United States, and nearly 56% of households own one. While dogs and humans usually get along great, each year there are more than 885,000 dog bite incidents serious enough to require medical care. Out of that amount, nearly 368,000 victims go the emergency room to treat their injuries, where nearly 27,000 victims undergo reconstructive surgery at that time or a later date. Out of all those numbers – and perhaps most troubling – is that most of these victims are children (60%). In fact, dog bites account for the 5th most frequent cause of visits to the emergency room for activities common among children.
Unfortunately, some injuries from dog bites result in more serious harm. These injuries can include:
We treat all injuries from dog bites very seriously, as they can lead to physical disfigurement and emotional harm.
California follows a one-bite strict liability rule against the owner of the dog. This means that owners are responsible for the injuries caused by bites, regardless of the dog’s aggressive tendencies or past behavior.
There are several defenses to this rule, such as the victim was a trespasser, provoked the dog to bite, negligently caused the bite, or assumed the risk of a bite. These defenses may prevent the victim from recovering.
California also follows a rule against those who “keep” dogs on their premises, such as a homeowner or business owner. If the owner of the premises knows of a dog’s violent tendencies, and fails to warn the victim of those tendencies and prevent harm to the victim, then the owner may be liable to the victim for damages.
Because dog bites can happen at any time and come from any dog, you should know your legal rights. Dog bites can come from dogs that are naturally aggressive or taught to be aggressive by owners, or they can come from the family dog or dog the victim is familiar with. Either way, bite victims are usually entitled under the law to recover for the past and future medical expenses, lost wages, disfigurement, and pain and suffering the bite caused. These claims might be covered by insurance so victims should not hesitate to take legal action. Injuries can be serious enough to affect victims physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives, and victims have a limited window of time to bring their claims before they are precluded under the law to do so.
Remember: Dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs restrained and supervised. If you have been attacked by a dog while it was loose or unleashed, the dog’s owner and their homeowners insurance company may be liable to you for damages. If you were attacked by a vicious dog known to be dangerous at a friend’s home or business property, the owner may be liable to you for damages for failing to warn you of the risks posed by the dog or preventing the dog from biting you.
You might have a claim and might be in the position to sue. But it is vital that you seek expertise on your legal options before making a decision. Our office his happy to discuss them with you at (619) 237-3490. We handle dog bite cases on a contingency basis, which means you only pay if we recover money for you. All consultation is free.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys we specialize in personal injury, products liability, mass tort, and environmental, insurance, and corporate litigation. We are dedicated to helping people across California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties to get fair and just compensation for their injuries. You can depend on our knowledge and skill when it comes to representing a client with a dog bite injury. With decades of collective experience, lawyers at our firm consistently gain some of the largest recoveries for personal injuries cases, including dog bite claims.
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