Anaheim Dog Bite Lawyers
Every year close to a million people suffer serious injuries from dog bites. If you've been hurt from a dog bite please give us a call for a free consultation with our top rated dog bite lawyers in Anaheim. Bisnar Chase has represented thousands of clients throughout California and we may be able to help you too. Our legal team has the expertise and resources to take on very complex cases. When many attorneys turn down the difficult cases, we step in and take them on. Call 949-203-3814 for a no obligation free consultation.
It's best to contact a qualified Anaheim personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your dog bite injury. You'll need to record the attack details and take photos. This information will be used to file an injury lawsuit against the dog owner. Be sure to gather all the evidence you have including witness statements.
It is possible to hurt the case so be sure not to indulge in conversations with the insurance companies or other side without first consulting your attorney. Don't provide any personal or financial information to anyone other than your legal team and do not sign anything.
Answers to Common Dog Bite Questions
You might not think it happens too often, but dog bites and attacks by dogs are a fairly common occurrence. Man's best friend can turn on you in the blink of an eye, and when they do, it's somebody's moral and legal responsibility to pay for your pain and suffering.
Just because dogs are lovable creatures, it doesn't mean they can't become aggressive. Oddly enough, dog bites and attacks have gone up nationally while dog ownership has stayed about the same. There's a few possible reasons for this:
- Irresponsible dog owners
- Drastic changes in temperature (during summer months) creating irritability
- More abandoned aggressive dogs in shelters
- More mixing of large and dangerous breeds
- Are dog attacks on the rise?
- How much is a dog bite claim worth?
We can't really know for sure, but one thing we do know is that unprovoked dog bites will not be tolerated whatsoever. Especially in California where the law is "one bite is enough". A dog doesn't have to show a propensity towards being aggressive or even have a past for biting. California has a strict liability rule when it comes to dog bites and anyone that owns the dog will be liable.
Dog Bite Case Proof
There are a few things you need to prove before you have a solid dog bite case:
- The defendant owned the dog
- The dog bit the plaintiff
- The plaintiff was lawfully on the premises where the dog bite took place
- The dog bite caused the plaintiff injuries
Do You need An Attorney?
That depends on how complex your case is and the extent of your injuries. If you have a fairly simple case you may be able to negotiate a settlement with the dog owner to pay your medical costs and time off work.
If it's more complex than that, involving surgery, follow up care, mental or emotional trauma and pain and suffering then a dog bite attorney with a lot of experience would be ideal.
Here, John Bisnar discusses if you need an attorney for your dog bite case.
California Dog Bite Statute
Even if you have a sign posted on your premises that declares "Beware of dog" and a person is bitten while on your property, you will still be at fault. Short of someone attacking you or being on your property without consent, a dog bite is the fault of the owner and can result in heavy fees if a case is brought.
If you own a home, your homeowners insurance will usually cover the general liability of a dog bite unless the breed has been excluded. If that's the case, you could be personally sued by a dog bite victim.
Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
If you need more information give us a call and one of our skilled Anaheim dog bite attorneys will be happy to assist you. We can go over the details of your case including medical treatment, loss of earnings and continued therapy. Time is of the essence to preserve your rights. Be sure to provide your attorney with all of the evidence you have collected from the attack. Call 949-203-3814 for a free consultation.