Dog attacks are violent and traumatic incidents that can have long-lasting effects on victims. In California, pet owners are responsible for most injuries that are caused by their dogs. If you or a loved one was recently bitten by a dog in Los Angeles, contact The Liberatore Law Firm online or call (424) 285-8550 for assistance. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you seek a fair financial recovery from a pet owner for the losses that you have suffered.
Why Clients Choose The Liberatore Law Firm
- We have collected over $50 million for our clients. We know how to get real results and make sure our clients have everything they need to move forward after serious dog attacks.
- Our Los Angeles dog attack attorneys have over 20 years of legal experience. We know how to navigate California’s dog bite laws during even the most complicated cases.
- We offer free case consultations and work on a contingency fee basis. You will pay our attorneys nothing unless we win your case.
Common Injuries Suffered in Los Angeles Dog Attacks
When a dog attacks, it can cause a large amount of damage to a victim’s skin, soft tissues, muscles and bones. Many victims suffer catastrophic or permanent damage, such as disfiguring scars and nerve damage.
Common injuries caused by dog attacks include:
- Puncture wounds
- Muscle and tendon damage
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries
- Facial and eye injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Internal injuries
- Rabies and other diseases
- Fatal injuries
Dog bite injuries can cost thousands of dollars in medical expenses and long-term care alone. At The Liberatore Law Firm, we do not believe dog attack victims should have to pay for their own injuries. Our lawyers can help you seek the compensation that you deserve from a pet owner.
What Is California’s Dog Bite Law?
The California Civil Code 3342 states that the owner of any dog is liable (legally and financially responsible) for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully on private property, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
Under this law, a pet owner can be held liable for injuries inflicted by his or her dog even if the owner had no prior knowledge of the dog’s propensity to bite. In a one-bite state, on the other hand, the owner of a dog must have had reasonable knowledge that the dog was vicious to be held responsible for subsequent injuries.
When to Contact an Attorney
You may be able to handle a claim on your own if a dog attack resulted in minor to no physical injuries and the pet owner’s insurance company is not refuting liability. If, however, you or a loved one suffered severe injuries, it is important to contact an attorney for representation. Without an attorney, the pet owner’s insurance carrier may try to take advantage of you or offer less than your injuries are worth. A dog bite attorney can negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or – if necessary – take your dog bite injury case to trial in Los Angeles County.
Schedule Your Free Case Review With The Liberatore Law Firm
To find out if you are eligible for compensation with a dog bite personal injury claim in Los Angeles, consult with an attorney at The Liberatore Law Firm. We can protect your rights and best interests as a dog bite victim or the family member of someone who did not survive a fatal dog attack. We will navigate the legal process on your behalf to pursue justice and maximum financial compensation. Call (424) 285-8550 or contact us online today to request your free case consultation.