ORANGE COUNTY DOG BITES AND ATTACK INJURY ATTORNEYS
If you or a loved one has recently been bitten or attacked by a dog, your first concern should be receiving adequate medical care. If the injuries are serious, they should be treated immediately at an emergency facility. Even small injuries may involve lacerated tendons, vessels, or nerves and infections may invade joints.
In most, the dog owner has homeowner’s insurance that covers the bite. Depending on where the bite occurred and the circumstances, sometimes the dog owner’s business or general liability policy may potentially cover the bite. If there is an insurance policy that covers the bite, we will ask the insurance company to pay the medical bills, any out of pocket expenses, future scar revision surgery (if applicable), pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If the matter settles without a lawsuit, the dog owner may not have a lot of involve in the claim.
Even when a dog exhibited vicious or aggressive behavior, an owner may still claim they were unaware of the dog’s propensity to cause harm. Fortunately, California law does not necessarily require the dog owner to be aware of the dog’s viciousness to be liable.
How much time do I have to file a claim for a dog bite?
Generally, you have two years to sue on claims under a dog bite statute, which makes the owner of a dog strictly liable for injuries suffered by someone who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place.