Riverside Dog Bite Lawyer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 20 percent of those bites become infected. If you were bitten by someone else’s dog, you could have a case for financial compensation.
A Riverside dog bite lawyer from Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP can review the details of what happened and inform you of your legal options. A dog bite can leave you physically injured and emotionally traumatized. You deserve compensation for your injury, and we can help you get it.
Determining Who Is to Blame for a Dog Bite
The first step is determining who was at fault for the dog bite to begin with. This can be a complex problem, and a variety of factors must be considered:
- Were you on your property, public property, or the dog owner’s property?
- Was the dog leashed at the time?
- Was the dog behind a fence, and were you in the enclosed area?
- Did the dog owner try to restrain the animal?
- Has the dog bitten before?
- What kind of training had the dog received, if any?
These questions and more must be answered to determine if the dog owner was at fault for the attack. For example, if a dog had bitten before, the owner should be aware that the dog was a risk for future bites. A Riverside dog bite lawyer from our firm will discover the answers to the above questions and determine if the dog’s owner was at fault.
Breed Could Be Important
There are certain dog breeds that are more likely to be kept for their intimidating reputation and physical presence. Sometimes these animals are poorly trained or encouraged to be aggressive by their owners. In Riverside, municipal codes define what a potentially dangerous dog and a vicious dog are. If the animal is considered to be a serious threat, it may be removed by the authorities.
According to these codes, a dog is considered potentially dangerous even if it is only chasing livestock or other animals. In other words, if a dog pursues other animals, this would be an indication of tendencies that could worsen over time and eventually result in danger to people.
When proving negligence, your Riverside dog bite lawyer may conduct depositions to determine if the dog who bit you was displaying any of these tendencies prior to the attack. As these questions are asked under oath, they must be answered truthfully under penalty of law.
Common Injuries After a Dog Bite
We encourage you to contact our office to speak with a Riverside dog bite lawyer regardless of how serious your injuries are after a dog bite. However, the more medical care your injuries require, the more money you are likely to receive from a lawsuit. A few of the more common injuries are as follows:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Puncture wounds from teeth
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Head trauma
- Loss of fingers or even hands
- Infection of the bite location
All of these require urgent medical care, and some will even create the need for surgery and a prolonged recovery time. Your medical bills should be paid for by the negligent dog owner.
You Could Have PTSD After Your Dog Bite
You should also speak with a Riverside dog bite lawyer from our office if you are suffering mental and emotional distress after being bitten by a dog. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after any dramatic or frightening event, including being attacked and bitten by a dog.
If you find that you cannot go for a walk without fear or that you are terrified when seeing or hearing a dog, you could have PTSD and be able to sue for your pain and suffering.
Determining What Your Claim Is Worth
You have the right to hire a Riverside dog bite lawyer to file a lawsuit on your behalf. As part of this process, we will value your personal injury claim and ensure that all of your expenses and damages resulting from the bite are taken into account.
You could receive compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Therapy to address PTSD or emotional trauma
- Rehabilitation costs
- Any expenses you have incurred as a result of the incident
Settling Out of Court
Many of our clients are able to settle their injury claims out of court. By building a strong case for why you deserve compensation, we can present the at-fault party with the facts and may be able to convince them to settle due to overwhelming evidence.
In this case, you may receive the compensation your injuries require without ever stepping foot into a courtroom. To discuss this option with a Riverside dog bite lawyer, call our office and schedule your free consultation.
Speak With a California Dog Bite Attorney
Receiving compensation after being attacked or bitten by a dog is possible with the help of the right attorney.
The Riverside dog bite lawyers of Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP can speak with you, answer your questions, and help you determine your legal options. Fill out the form below or call 1-844-404-2400 to schedule your appointment today.