Hundreds of thousands of Americans receive emergency room treatment for dog bites and animal attacks each year. Dog bites can cause serious injuries such as puncture wounds, severed nerves, and disfigurement.
Many of the dog bite victims are young children who can also experience severe emotional trauma as a result of a dog attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that children between the ages of 5 and 9 suffer the highest rate of dog bite injuries in the U.S. And many of the dog attacks result in head, neck, and face injuries that can require extensive cosmetic surgery to address scarring and disfigurement.
Pasadena Animal Attack Lawyers Representing People throughout Southern California
California tort law on dog bites can be found in California Civil Code Sec. 3342 which clearly states that:
“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
This means that if you or someone in your family was bitten or attacked by another person’s dog, and you were not trespassing on their property, you can recover compensation appropriate in your situation, including damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Moreover, you are not required to prove that the dog previously attacked or bit someone, is an aggressive dog, or has displayed vicious tendencies. In situations where the dog has shown vicious tendencies, you may be able to claim punitive and/or other damages.
Recovering from a Dog Attack
If you are injured in a dog attack, your immediate concern is to resume your normal life as soon as you can. This will entail getting appropriate medical care and treatment, pursuing the insurance company of the party at fault for compensation to cover your medical bills and lost income or wages due to your accident.
Going after the insurance company can be a difficult challenge because insurance companies ordinarily deny claims or offer minimal compensation for covered accidents. Paying out as little as possible is advantageous to the insurance business. When dealing directly with the insurance company, you may feel compelled to accept any amount that the insurance offers in settlement of our claim. Before signing any settlement or accepting any check from an insurance company, it’s important to speak with the experienced professionals at the Binder & Associates law firm.
If you, your child or someone you love has been bitten by a dog or another animal, it is simply critical to hire an attorney who can help you maximize your compensation. Our attorneys can represent you before insurance adjusters and seek the maximum value that is available under their coverage without any out of pocket cost to you.
For nearly four decades, the Pasadena-based law firm of Binder & Associates has represented people who have suffered serious injuries from dog bites and animal attacks.
Our Pasadena dog bite lawyers are prepared to work immediately, investigating your injuries and holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions. In many cases, injured victims of dog attacks are able to recover compensation under the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy. Our experienced Pasadena dog bite and animal attack lawyers know how to explore potential sources of compensation and will work diligently to help you recover all available damages.
Contact Binder & Associates
Call Binder & Associates Pasadena dog bite and animal attack lawyers today at (626) 793-9124 or contact us online to arrange for your free initial consultation. Our firm accepts all dog bite claims on a no-recovery, no-fee basis.