If you have been bitten by a dog the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Dog bites can be very serious injuries even if they seem minor at first. This is due to the fact that the bites can cause serious infection or the animal can be diseased and pass illness in this manner as well.
If you have been bitten by a dog the first thing you should do is seek medical attention.
After medical evaluation consider contacting an attorney with experience in animal bite cases. The faster you contact an attorney the better chances you will have of getting a favorable case to collect damages as a plaintiff in a civil trial.
Who is Liable in a Dog Bite Claim
California law is a statutory strict liability state, meaning that the dog owner is held 100% liable for a dog bite claim given that there is no foul play in the incident. Examples of things that will negate this liability are if the victim was provoking the animal or trespassing on the dog owners property at the time of the attack. In dog bite cases the victim is generally not required to prove any negligence by the owner.
The fact that liability is automatic should allow the dog owner and victim to avoid additional need for legal threats, or a drawn out trials. Despite this ost dog bite cases do not end up in the hands of an animal attack attorney because often times a claim is never filed by the potential plaintiff.
Underreporting of Dog Bite Claims is Common
Underreporting of dog bite claims is due to various reasons but often times it boil down to personal relationships. Most dog attacks link back to owners who are friends, neighbors or relatives so the victim often doesn’t want to report anything that will harm the owner. What everyone should know about this topic however is that in California dog bite injuries are usually covered by home or renters insurance.
California dog bite injuries are usually covered by home or renters insurance
With the right animal attack lawyer insurance companies can be upheld to fair standards, and even if the owner of the animal is a personal friend they can have the peace in understanding that the insurance policy was bought for a reason and an accident happened.
Another reason that dog bite cases go unreported is that the victim worries that the animal will be taken away from its owner. This in fact is a very rare occurrence. If you have been bitten by a dog, even in the event that the owner is a personal friend, you should not hesitate to consult with a dog bite lawyer.
A Dog Bite Lawyer Will Make Sure You’re Treated Fairly
A lawyer will make sure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company of the dog owner. Insurance adjuster will attempt to offer a fraction of the damages that would be offered if the same victim approached the claim with an experienced attorney.
The insurance company then gets to keep the rest of this sum for themselves. Hiring a lawyer on contingency is usually your best bet in these cases as insurance claims can be as much as $100,000 in some cases. If you have been injured in a dog bite case contact the law offices of Daniel Weltin today for a free consultation.
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