Orange County Dog Bite Lawyer
Have you been the victim of a serious dog bite in Orange County? Our law firm has over three decades in personal injury and our lawyers have won hundreds of millions for our clients throughout Orange County California.
If you are seeking compensation for a dog bite injury be sure to consult a qualified Orange County Personal Injury Attorney before you talk to the at-fault party or insurance companies. We can help determine how much compensation you are entitled to including time lost on the job, medical bills, and emotional damages. For immediate assistance, call us at 949-203-3814 for a free, no-hassle, confidential consultation with an experience Orange County Dog Bite Lawyer.
Our Dog Bite Case Results
Bisnar Chase represents a variety of personal injury clients. From serious dog bite cases to catastrophic injuries due to a defective product, our attorneys have a vast knowledge of California injury laws and will fight to the end for our client's right to fair compensation.
Here in Orange County, on average 3 to 5 dog bites are legally reported every day, not to mention all of the incidents that are not reported. While some believe only specific types of dog breeds are the dangerous biters, every dog is a risk, even with no prior history of aggressive behavior. The majority of cases Orange County Dog Bite Attorneys deal with are involving dogs that have never shown any aggression prior to the bite incidient.
Some key factors to consider before stereotyping breeds, reasons for dog attack situations can result from any of the following:
- Reaction to a stressful situation
- Scared or threatened
- Protecting themselves, their puppies or their owner
- Startled or not feeling well
- Overexcitement, especially during rough play
Dog Bite Fatalities
Out of a total 78 million dogs throughout the nation, 4.5 million dog bites were recorded last year, with 41 U.S. fatalities.
All breeds have the capability to bite or attack at random or in result of a specific situation. Statistic information reports these breeds to be accountable for last years annual report:
- Pit bulls contributed to 71 percent of these deaths, with 22 of the 41 deaths recorded
- Labradors made up 3 of the 41 deaths
- Rottweilers, American Bulldogs, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepards and mixed breeds each contributed to 2 deaths per breed
These fatalities included:
- 31 percent were infants ages 3-6 days old
- 42 percent or 13 of the deaths were children 9 years and younger
- 58 percent or 18 of the deaths were adults ages 30 and older
Danger for Postal Carriers
Southern California is a hotbed for dog attacks on postal carriers. Los Angeles to San Diego ranks top 4 in the entire nation for reported postal carrier dog bites.
“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston, where postal employees suffered 77 attacks, more than any other city. Fifty-one cities make up the top 30 rankings. See the national statistic report for postal carrier-related dog bites here.
If you are a postal carrier or delivery serviceman and have been injured due to a dog attack, contact our Orange County Dog Bite Lawyers at 949-203-3814 for immediate assistance and a free consultation.
What You Need to Show to Have a Solid Legal Case
- The defendant owned the dog
- The dog bit the plaintiff
- The plaintiff was lawfully on the premises where the bite or attack took place
- The dog bite caused the plaintiff injuries
Once these prerequisites are met, further action can be taken. A skilled dog bite lawyer can put all the facts of the case together to attain fair compensation for you. We have had dog bite cases where the at-fault party (or their insurance company) offered a few thousand dollars but through our pre-litigation negotiations we were able to collect much more for our clients.
Preserving Evidence to Support Your California Claim
The most important aspect of prosecuting a California dog attack case is to secure evidence as quickly as possible. We have our investigator on the scene, usually within an hour of notification, in order to gather and preserve evidence. The best evidence to gather is to obtain the identity of the dog and its owner, photographs of the dog, identity of witnesses, witness statements, and photographs of the injuries and location of the attack.
How Much is a California Dog Bite Claim Worth?
Orange County Dog Bite Lawyer John Bisnar: John has decades of experience prosecuting dog bite cases for the no-fault party. John understands the ins and outs of the Orange County Courts and local defense teams.
California Ranks Top for Canine Attacks
It may surprise you that California is ranked first in the nation in fatal dog attacks. Insurers nationwide pay out over $1 billion in claims related to animal bites annually. One-third of the money paid out through homeowners' liability claims are related to dog attacks.
At Bisnar Chase, our Orange County dog bite lawyers handle numerous California dog bite cases each year. We can use our knowledge and experience to represent you and achieve great results. In our experience, the most dangerous month for dog attacks is August. The days are long, it's been hot for months, the gardeners are coming and going and children are generally home from school; a dangerous combination.
Contact an Orange County Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog bite or animal attack in Orange County, contact the accomplished dog bite attorneys at Bisnar Chase for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family. Hire an attorney with a long history of pursuing dog attack cases in California. You don't pay anything until we win your case.
For immediate assistance, call us at 949-203-3814 for a free, no-hassle, confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer.