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Do you need a dog bite attorney?

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite, you are not alone. In fact, dog bites are more common than you think. With over 52,000,000 dogs in the U.S., the likelihood of someone getting bit by a dog is high. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are over 800,000 dog bites inflicted each year that require a trip to a physician, and over 300,000 require a hospital stay.

California has a widespread dog bite problem, placing second in the nation for fatalities resulting from dog bites. With so many people at risk, there are strict laws designed to protect you from the different injuries that may occur, like scars, nerve damage, head and neck injuries, broken bones, and more.

You Are Protected by the Law

In California, dog owners are liable for the actions of their dogs. That means owners can be sued if an investigation reveals their dog caused harm if the person did not intentionally provoke the dog and was bitten in a public setting or on private property with permission. While most states follow what is called the “one-bite rule,” California does not.

There are instances where someone cannot sue for damages. These include:

  • The person was trespassing on private property without an invitation.
  • They intentionally provoked the dog.
  • The dog was acting in self-defense of the owner.
  • The dog is associated with law enforcement.
  • A dog bite lawyer will be able to assess the situation and determine your rights.

What Types of Damages are Covered?

A dog bite lawyer can help you get compensation for a number of damages.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in California, you may be entitled to compensation. These damages may include money for lost wages, medical costs, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, physical therapy, loss of mobility or a limb, and the loss of your capacity to earn wages. If the dog bite or attack resulted in a fatality, your family may be able to sue for wrongful death damages. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded if it is proven that the owner of the dog acted with malice, oppression, or fraud.

Get the Compensation You Deserve

Injury from dog bites and attacks can cause irreparable damage physically and psychologically. Make sure you have representation that fully understands the law and will work on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. The team at DG Law is the firm to call when faced with a dog bite case. For more information on how we can help, call today.

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