Animal and Dog Bite Injury Attorney

If you have been injured by dog or animal bites, it is important to seek the experience of a California or Nevada animal bite attorney as soon as possible to discuss your claim. Our animal bite injury attorneys aggressively pursue legal claims for our clients in order to make sure they have maximum compensation for their injuries suffered.

Animal Bite Statistics

According to the World Health Organization:

  • Animal bites are one of the major causes of deaths worldwide
  • About 5 million people are bitten by snakes each year worldwide
  • You are most likely to get rabies from a dog bite, a cat bite, and/or a monkey bite
  • Dog bites are the highest risk to children
  • Poisonous snake bites require anti venomous solutions

Animal bites are a serious issue in the United States, especially in the western states like California and Nevada where snakes and scorpions are more common.

Snake Bite Attorneys

If you are bitten by a pet snake, you will be able to sue the owner of the pet in charge of taking care of the pet. California is known to have certain species of snakes that are common and come out during the summer months. Usually, snakes hide in damp areas where there may be food nearby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7,000 to 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes every year.

Our snake bite attorneys suggest that you seek medical help immediately after being bitten by a snake to confirm if that snake was a poisonous snake. Failure to do so may result in severe injuries, and possibly even death.

If you have an injury from a snake bite, contact our snake bite attorneys immediately to file a claim for the injuries suffered. Symptoms of snake bites include redness, nausea, increased salivation, muscle twitching, numbness, etc. Our experienced snakebite injury attorneys will be able to bring forth the claim for negligence against the snake owner. If the snake is not used as a pet and does not have an owner, then our skilled animal bite attorneys will most likely bring a claim under premises liability. Premises liability is a legal claim that holds standard of care towards the property owner.

You should not have to pay for all the injuries out of pocket if you have sustained any injuries as a result of a snake bite. Contact our attorneys to determine What legal claims we can take for your snake bites suffered.

Dog bites

Dog bites are the most common animal bites in the state of California. California holds dog owners strictly liable for the bites that they have caused. However, dog owners cannot be held strictly liable when the victims are partially at fault because they annoyed or harassed the dog.

One of the major factors the law looks at is whether the owner was aware of their dogs’ tendencies. For example, previous dog bites put the owner on notice that their animal is dangerous. So, failure to adequately restrain them makes the owner liable in a dog bite injury case.

 Nevada does not have any type of dog bite statute claims, but Clark County has recently passed laws that are very similar to California’s dog bite claims. Further, dogs are prohibited on the Las Vegas Strip.

Horse bites

Horse bites are more common in Nevada, sometimes as common as dog bite injuries. Horse bites could be very severe and lead to very severe injuries. A reason for this is because horses also kick with their hooves when they bite. A claim that could be brought against the homeowner could be under negligence. This occurs when the horse owner was negligent in restraining their horse, and so their negligence caused plaintiff injuries when the horse bit and kicked the plaintiff.

Strict Liability in Animal Injury Cases

Strict liability is a legal topic that essentially makes the defendant liable regardless of the precautions that they took. Even if the defendant exercised reasonable care, the defendant could still be liable under a strict liability claim. In California, the owner of a dangerous animal will be held strictly liable for damages to others. Wild animals include those who have dangerous propensities, an example being monkeys. The owner must know, or have reason to know the animals’ dangerous propensities. Certain California cases have held that horses are not considered wild animals under the strict liability theory.

California Civil Jury Instructions for Strict Liability Injuries Caused by Wild Animals

People who own, keep, or control wild animals are responsible for the harm that these animals cause to others, no matter how carefully they guard or restrain their animals.

To establish [his/her/nonbinary pronoun] claim, [name of plaintiff] must prove all of the following: 1. That [name of defendant] owned, kept, or controlled [a/an] [insert type of animal];

  1. That [name of plaintiff] was harmed; and
  2. That [name of defendant]’s [insert type of animal] was a substantial factor in causing [name of plaintiff]’s harm.

California Civil Jury Instructions for Strict Liability Injuries Caused by Domestic Animals

People who own, keep, or control animals with unusually dangerous natures or tendencies can be held responsible for the harm that their animals cause to others, no matter how carefully they guard or restrain their animals. To establish [his/her/nonbinary pronoun] claim, [name of plaintiff] must prove all of the following:

  • That [name of defendant] owned, kept, or controlled a [insert type of animal];
  • That the [insert type of animal] had an unusually dangerous nature or tendency;
  • That before [name of plaintiff] was injured, [name of defendant] knew or should have known that the [insert type of animal] had this nature or tendency;
  • That [name of plaintiff] was harmed; and 5. That the [insert type of animal]’s unusually dangerous nature or tendency was a substantial factor in causing [name of plaintiff]’s harm.

Examples of Animal Bite Injuries

There are many different types of injuries that could occur from an animal attack. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Lacerations
  • Infections and line amputations
  • Fractures
  • Puncture wounds

What Damages Could I receive for My Animal Injuries?

  • Past and future medical treatment new line past and future lost income
  • Emotional distress
  • Past and future pain and suffering

Our team of animal injury attorneys are committed to helping victims receive a fair compensation for their animal injuries. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing animal bite victims all around California and Nevada. Because there’s a statute of limitations for every state, we encourage you to see our attorneys immediately following a dog bite accident. Call our attorneys today for free no risk consultation where we will determine the animal bite injuries suffered and the compensation you could receive.

 Most animal bites and attacks involve dogs, but considering that several states in the West have dangerous animals, there’s also the possibility of getting attacked by a horse, a snake, etc. There are several laws passed in California and Nevada that are meant to protect the public from pets or wild animals. If you are the victim of an animal attack, it is important to contact an attorney that could help pursue compensation for your medical care needed.

Experienced Animal Injury Attorneys are a Call Away

Our experienced animal injury attorneys will work to gather all the evidence necessary to strengthen your claim and prove your animal injuries. Contact us at Heidari Law Group today for a free, no-obligation case consultation. During this consultation, we can determine the damages that you are owed because of the animal bites. We will work to recover your claim and ensure maximum compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay a fee until we win a settlement or a judgement amount for you. We are top-ranked personal injury attorneys that are serving people throughout California, including Los Angeles, Fresno, Irvine, etc.

***Disclaimer: This page is created by Heidari Law Group for educational purposes. This article provides a general understanding of the law. It does not provide specific advice. By using this site and reading through this page, there is no attorney-client relationship created between you and any member of Heidari Law. Further, due to the constant change of the law, some parts of the information above may no longer be good law.