Dogs can be great companions when they’re properly trained and controlled by their owners, but when things go awry the outcome can be devastating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Of those, half are children. Children are particularly vulnerable to attacks by vicious dogs for several reasons:
The majority of dog bites occur within homes or neighborhoods, and frequently the dog is familiar with the person it bit. A dog bite can cause permanent scarring, deep lacerations that may result in infection, and the victim may require extensive plastic surgery, physical therapy, and emotional counseling. All of this is very expensive and stressful for victim and the victim’s family.
Certainly an animal cannot be held financially responsible for its actions, so the law places responsibility on the owner of the animal. Ultimately, it is a pet owner’s responsibility to take reasonable precautions to ensure the public’s safety from his or her animal. If the dog’s owner owns a home, his or her homeowner’s insurance will likely be responsible to pay for damages.
Our lawyers can determine whether the dog’s owner is liable by looking at the following factors:
Our dog bite lawyers have seen both the mental and physical damage that dog bites and attacks can cause. We have the experience and skills to pursue maximum compensation for these injuries, and we have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our Los Angeles area clients who have been victims of premises liability cases like these. We will work just as hard for you.
Because we’re so confident in what we do, we work on a contingency basis. That means we get paid only if you get paid first. And, our fee is just a portion of your total settlement or verdict, so you never have to pay us out of your own pocket.