Have you been injured by a dog bite in California?
Dogs can be great pets and companions. While it would be nice to believe that all dogs are friendly ad do not cause harm, we all know too well that this is not always the case. Unfortunately, there are times when dogs can be aggressive and have the ability to serious harm or injure someone. If you have been injured from a dog bite then you may be suffering on several different levels such as emotionally and mentally, physically, and financially. Our dog bite lawyers at Eldessouky Law want to help you in a dog bite case so that you can gain some kind of monetary recover for everything that you have lost. Do not wait to call our firm at 714-409-8991 to speak to a dog bite lawyer serving Torrance, California and see if you have a dog-bite case.
What are California dog bite laws?
California differs from some states because it has a strict liability law. This means that the owner of the dog is liable for any damages caused by a dog bite even if the dog has never shown aggressive tendencies, the owner was unaware of its aggressiveness, or the dog does not have a history of biting. This is different than other states that have a one bite rules. The one bite rule only imposes liability on the owner if the dog has bitten before. While it may seem simple to prove a dog bite case, keep in mind there are some defenses that may come up. Some examples of these are that:
- You were trespassing on private property
- You provoked the dog
- The dog was protecting the owner or another person
- The dog was a military or police dog following orders
This is why it is essential get help from a skilled dog bite attorney. To be successful in a dog bite case you will need to prove that you sustained injuries from a dog bite and that this happened either on public property or legally on private property. To ensure you have a strong case, contact a Eldessouky Law dog bite lawyer.
What if I was injured by a dog but not from a bite?
The California strict liability law applies solely to dog bites. If you were injured in another way by a dog, you would want to pursue a regular personal injury case. Like all personal injury cases, you will need to prove negligence on behalf of the owner in order to make them liable for your damages. Negligence is proved through three steps:
- The owner owed a duty of care to you
- That duty of care was breached
- The breach was a direct cause of your injuries
If this I the case, and you want to seek compensation for damages that were caused by a dog but not from a bite, our attorneys will gladly represent you in this kind of personal injury case as well. All you need to do is talk to one of our lawyers and tell them the details of your own personal case. We will be able to decide what the best route to take is so that you can receive maximum compensation.
What kind of compensation can I get from a dog bite case?
In most dog bite cases, you will be able to receive recovery for compensatory damages. Some examples of these are:
- Medical bills
- Physical or vocational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the use of a limb
Every case is different, and your compensation will most likely depend on the severity of your injuries. It should be noted that if a dog has bitten in the past, then the owner owes an extra duty of care to ensure others do not get bit by the dog. During a dog bite case, the dog will usually be quarantined for ten days. For instances where a dog has bitten someone on two separate occasions, or if the dog was specifically trained to fight, attack, or kill people, then there’s a possibility the court may order the dog to be euthanized. In some cases, you may be able to sue for punitive damages as well as compensatory damages. Punitive damages are only recovered if it can be proved that the defendant’s actions were particularly malicious in nature. To see what you might be able to recover in a dog bite case, get in touch with our firm and ask to speak with one of our experienced dog bite attorneys.
Why does Eldessouky Law stand out?
At Eldessouky Law, we offer free legal advice to anyone that gets in contact with us. So if you believe you have a case or have questions about your legal rights, call our office. Our firm also stands out because we will represent you in a dog bite case for free. If we don’t win your case, you will not owe us any money. But no matter what, we will fight to get you as much compensation as possible for your losses.