Under proper guidance and training, dogs can make excellent companions. However, in some situations where owners are negligent, a dog can exhibit aggressive behavior, leading to potential bites and falls. If someone else's dog has attacked you out of negligence, you may be able to recover compensation.
After an attack, your first step should be to remove yourself from danger. Next, you should assess what injuries you sustained and seek medical treatment if needed. If your injuries are stable, you may want to stick around the scene to collect evidence that you can review with an attorney.
In California, you are able to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner if you were lawfully at the location. California has strict laws when it comes to dog attacks, so filing a claim with the right attorney can result in compensatory damages.
First, you must prove that you were at the location of the incident legally. A dog owner cannot be held liable for injuries if you are considered a trespasser. Your attorney will then use any evidence obtained from the accident to prove that your damages were the result of the dog's attack. Although pictures of your injuries may be considered evidence, actual medical reports and documentation will be stronger evidence for your claim.
If you have a successful, you can receive compensatory damages for your injuries. Some damages you could receive can cover things like:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
A plaintiff may also obtain punitive damages if there is overwhelming evidence of neglect while handling their dog.
Being attacked by a dog can cause significant physical and mental pain. If you have experienced anguish due to the negligence of another dog owner, contact our seasoned attorneys today. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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