Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorney
Our experienced Los Angeles dog bite law firm could help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Top Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles
If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog in Los Angeles, contact our experienced dog bite attorneys today to discuss your claim. We will work to make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Nowadays, dogs are a very common pet, especially in Los Angeles, California. Although they make cute and fuzzy pets, it can oftentimes get difficult to anticipate what your pet would be doing next. As cute as dogs are, they can easily get intimidated and scared in new environments. Even meeting someone they are intimidated of could get risky since dogs could severely bite another.
A dog bite can cause very serious injuries. Other than physical injuries, a dog bite could also cause psychological damage. A victim could get traumatized by such an experience. There is no specific breed that is prone to always bite, any dog could bite someone severely and leave lasting injuries. That is why it is very important to hire an experienced dog bite attorney that is well aware of California personal injury laws. Severe injuries could lead to an increased amount of medical bills, and those bills should be compensated.
Why Do Dog Bites Happen?
Dog bites could happen because of a variety of instances. It is usually difficult to determine how a dog is thinking and feeling at the time biting, but there are some common instances that have led to severe dog bites. Below are some examples of how a dog may be feeling at the time of biting another.
- A dog gets very protective, and will always want to protect themselves, their owner, or their puppies. They engage in very aggressive behavior when they feel as though someone is going to hurt their loved ones.
- A dog could end up biting another when they want to be left alone if they are not feeling well. Usually, a dog in pain isolates themselves away from others so they are not seen. Someone who reaches down to pet the dog during this time could get bitten.
- A dog likes to engage in play fighting. During play fighting, they could end up scratching or biting their owners with no intention to bring about harm.
- When a new person enters the dog’s territory, the dog could feel intimidated, especially if the dog detects a scent they are not familiar with.
- A dog always like to be aware of their surroundings, and is always on high alert. If a dog is placed in an environment they are not familiar with, they could resort to biting behavior.
What Should I Do After a Dog Bite?
It is important to seek medical attention immediately after being bitten by a dog. The dog’s bite could end up piercing several layers of the skin, and could leave the skin open to getting an infection. If someone who was bitten by a dog neglects getting medical attention, they will most likely be unsuccessful in their efforts in filing a lawsuit against the dog owner Since they contributed in the aggravation of their injuries.
California Dog Bite Statistics
- Over 4,500,000 dog bites occur annually across the United States with hundreds of thousands requiring hospital care.
- Nearly 50% of dog bite victims are young kids.
- California sees some of the most dog attacks out of any state in the country and has seen the second most dog bite fatalities in America over the past 15 years.
- California is the national leader in the number of dog bite claims per year and sees the highest average payout per case.
- Los Angeles is regularly one of the top cities in America for the most dog attacks on postmen per year.
- In the last 15 years, Pit bulls have caused the majority of dog bite fatalities in the United States with Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Mixed-breeds, and American bulldogs being the next most deadly breeds.
Common Injuries from Dog Bites
A dog bite (dog attack) can result in severe personal injuries that can require a visit to the hospital. Around 15%-25% of the people bitten by a dog require medical attention for their injuries. Any dog, any breed could bite a person once they are threatened or stressed.
A few examples of different types of dog bite injuries include:
- Facial Dog Bite;
- Skin Punctures, Lacerations, Abrasions;
- Bruises, Contusions;
- Broken Bones;
- Trauma (Psychological and Emotional);
- Child Dog Bite;
- Permanent Disability;
- and Death.
It costs a victim an average of $18,000 per hospital stay as the result of a dog bite in America. There are also tens of thousands of victims who undergo reconstructive surgery after receiving a bite. Children and older adults are more likely to suffer severe injuries from a dog bite. Dog bites are also more likely to occur at home in known environments. Usually, a dog bite would occur at home when a dog feels threatened by someone new in their familiar place. When someone places their hand closer to pet the dog, the dog then bites their hand. Children are usually bitten at or near their faces because of their abrupt movement after an accident.
Los Angeles Dog Bite Laws
Even if a dog has no prior history of violence, California law allows for bite victims to receive compensation for being bitten by a dog based on factors of negligence and strict liability. At our free no risk consultation, we could determine what legal theories apply in your case.
For example, if an owner is negligent in the way they handle animals, they can be sued if their dog bites someone when it is off the leash or if it is confined in a way where it can cause harm to those passing by. If the dog has a history of biting in the past, you may have a stronger claim against the owner for liability since the owner was on notice of the dog’s past behavior.
California state law also states that “the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten.” In other words, every dog owner is responsible for the damage their dog causes regardless of whether their actions were negligent or not, but there are exceptions to this rule when the dog is provoked or the victim was trespassing. Compensation for damages can include: medical expenses, damage to property, emotional & physical suffering, loss of wages & lost earning potential, possible punitive damages, and loss of affection.
For the victim to have a case based on personal injury law, they must be able to prove three things:
- The dog that committed the attack was owned by the defendant.
- The victim was bitten while on public property or while on private property legally.
- The victim’s injuries were directly from the bite.
During our free no risk consultation, we will determine how these elements are met in your specific case. Our dog bite attorneys have extensive experience representing victims of dog bites, especially in the Los Angeles area. We understand that victims could be dealing with a lot of trauma after a dog bite, and we’ll work on going through the legal hurdles for you while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Team of Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Los Angeles, you need a lawyer with years of experience with dog bite cases. Our team of personal injury attorneys at Heidari Law Group are here to help you recover the most for your claim. Give us a call at 1-833-225-5454 for a free consultation.