Costa Mesa Dog Bite Attorneys
Every year, innocent Costa Mesa residents are bitten by dogs.
Individuals, in most cases, involved in a Costa Mesa dog attack or any other related accident may have a legal right to recover damages from the responsible parties involved.
If you have been injured in a Costa Mesa dog bite accident, the Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase will fight for you. We are proficient in dog bite law and know all the fine details to ensure to receive the compensation you deserve.
Call us now at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation.
How Can I Tell if I Have a Case?
Attorney Brian Chase breaks down who is at fault when it comes to dog bite cases.
Seek medical attention before anything else if you have been the victim of a Costa Mesa dog bite accident. Your well being takes priority over anything else and use will be able to use your medical records later on as you pursue legal action with an experienced Costa Mesa dog bite attorney
If left untreated, dog bite attacks can lead to infections, and in rare cases, even death.
An attorney who deals with dog bite law will be able to tell you whether you have a legal claim, and what damages you may be able to recover. The savvy Costa Mesa dog bite attorneys at Bisnar Chase are skilled when it comes to dog attack cases and have a collective track record of over 35 years representing clients.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me After a Dog Bite Accident?
A Costa Mesa dog bite lawyer will ask you exactly what happened during your dog bite accident. After the attorney takes all the accounts into consideration, your attorney can advise you on the best legal course of action to take if your accident has the potential to go to trial.
You should be able to provide the contact information of the dog's owner to your lawyer. If you don't have this information, ask the neighbors of the owner or another witness who saw the dog attack first hand. In addition, get the contact information for the eyewitnesses as they may be of help as you purse legal action against the at-fault party.
Dog Owner Liability in California
Costa Mesa imposes what is known as "strict liability" upon local dog owners whose pets bite or attack pedestrians
A dog owner is legally responsible ("liable") for a dog's behavior according to California Dog Bite Statute.
Brian Chase explains that even though the statute is strict for dog bite cases, you still need to hire a knowledgeable attorney to get maximum compensation.
Even if the owner didn't know that their dog was dangerous, if the dog bit someone, the owner would still be liable.
In states outside of California, the dog owner can be held liable for the injuries it inflicts, provided that the owner knew that his or her dog is dangerous and could cause injury to a person. However, determining whether this is a case of negligence can be difficult.
For example, when a owner has a pit bull as a pet, does that mean the owner should know the pet will be harmful just because pit bulls can be harmful?
Potential Defenses in Various Dog Bite Cases
There are cases in which an owner of a vicious dog in Costa Mesa might not be held liable for a dog attack.
For example, if the owner proactively cautioned neighbors that the dog was vicious, and took action to keep the dog away, a individual who ignored these warnings and was bitten might not have a case that would stand up in court.
This situation is what we would call in legal terms "contributory negligence."
An injured person is negligent when he or she puts themselves in danger compared to the average individual would would take measures for personal safety.
For example, if a person is bitten by a dog after hopping a fence, it's possible that the dog owner wouldn't be held liable.
In addition, if a "Beware of Dog" sign is promptly displayed and a person is bitten after ignoring this sign, the owner might not be responsible for that person's injury.
A dog owner can also argue that the injured person(s) had provoked the dog as a way to escape liability.
Getting Legal Help in Costa Mesa
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, you may be entitled to recovery for your damages.
Determining your rights will complicated, and it may be unclear where to take legal action..
Although this may be a complex process, have no fear because the Costa Mesa dog bite lawyers at Bisnar Chase will take on any dog bite cases, big or small, and will will you the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been injured in a dog bite accident, call us now at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation. There is a statute of limitation with dog bite cases, so your time is limited. Don't wait and call us today!