Whenever you suffer an injury, the law places a statute of limitations on your claim. These laws determine how long you have before you can file a claim and seek compensation for the damages you endure. The same statute of limitations impacts dog bite claims.
It’s important to stay within these time frames. Working with a lawyer quickly can help you begin the process and safeguard your rights.
What Happens If I Don’t File a Claim In This Time?
In California, you have two years from the date of the injury to file your dog bite claim. If you don’t file your claim within this time, you may not be able to seek compensation. Your claim would expire, and you would not be able to hold the dog owner accountable for their role in the attack.
Why It’s Important to Work Quickly?
Unfortunately, when you suffer a dog bite injury, you go through the owner’s insurance company to recover compensation. Insurance companies often try to delay claims as long as possible because they know that you need compensation and may be willing to accept any amount they offer.
So, even if you meet the deadline, insurance companies may try to make it much longer before you can receive compensation. The good news is that you have filed a claim within deadlines, and you have maintained your right to pursue compensation.
Working with a lawyer gives you the resources necessary to safeguard your rights. Hiring a lawyer helps you file the proper paperwork to get your claim started quickly and include all of your losses.
At Kershaw Talley Barlow, we put you first. Our Sacramento dog bite lawyers will go above and beyond so that you have peace of mind during a challenging situation. We know that dog bites can be severely traumatic physically and emotionally. Let us help you hold the dog owner accountable and seek maximum compensation on your behalf.
Call today at (916) 520-6639 for a free consultation.