Long Beach Dog Bite Attorneys
Most dogs are loving and loyal companions – there’s a reason they are known to be man’s best friend, after all. But some dogs can also be dangerous, and a bite injury can result in severe pain and suffering. If you have been the victim of a dog attack, contact the expert Long Beach dog bite lawyers of Bisnar Chase now.
Have you been bitten by a dog in a public area, such as Long Beach’s ShoreLine Aquatic Park, Wrigley Heights Dog Park, or Marine Stadium Reserve? Or perhaps you were attacked in the street, or inside another person’s home. No matter where a dog bite incident happened, we can help.
Our Long Beach dog bite attorneys have dealt with countless cases and have a 96% success rate. Contact us now for compassionate support and expert assistance in filing a dog bite lawsuit. Call (323) 238-4683 for immediate help, or use the buttons below to contact us and arrange a free consultation.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
It is important to realize that any dog can bite or attack. Many people think of certain dog breeds as being dangerous, such as Pit Bulls. In contrast, the Labrador breed is widely considered to be good-natured and playful. But the reality is that any breed can cause bite injuries.
A dog will usually bite as a reaction to stress or fear. It is common for dogs to bite when they feel threatened, or feel the need to defend their territory. A startled dog could also lash out at nearby people.
Many dog attack cases are a result of poor training. When an owner does not live up to their responsibility of ensuring their pet is properly trained, it can be dangerous for anyone coming into contact with the animal.
If you have been attacked, contact a skilled dog attack lawyer in Long Beach for support now.
Dog Bite Injuries Suffered in Long Beach
When a person is bitten by a dog in Long Beach they could be left with a wide range of injuries, from physical damage to anxiety and emotional scarring. Victims should not hesitate to consult with a Long Beach dog attack lawyer to discuss their lawsuit options in an obligation-free case review.
The various levels of dog attacks and injuries are:
|Level 1||Dog exhibits aggressive behavior. Could leave victims with cuts and scratches, but no bite wounds.|
|Level 2||The dog leaves bite marks, but does not puncture the victim’s skin.|
|Level 3||Bites which puncture the skin. Must have been a single bite with 1-4 puncture marks, none deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth.|
|Level 4||A bite leaving puncture wounds, with torn flesh or bruising showing that the dog clamped onto its victim and shook its head violently.|
|Level 5||Multiple bites puncturing the skin.|
|Level 6||A fatal attack which results in the death of the victim.|
The majority of dog attacks are level one or two on this severity scale. But there are plenty of examples of people suffering major injuries and even fatal wounds. Any level of attack can have a serious impact on the victim. Contact us now for expert legal advice on your next step.
Dog Bite Statistics
Some dog bite statistics make for frightening reading:
- The CDC estimates that there are about 4.7 million dog bites every year in the U.S.
- 800,000 dog bites annually require medical treatment
- Dog bites account for more than one-third of all homeowner insurance payouts, at a combined annual cost of about $530 million
- California is the state with the highest number of dog bite claims
If you are one of those people who has suffered a bite injury, your best course of action may be to contact a Long Beach personal injury lawyer for advice on how to take action.
What to Do if You are Attacked by a Dog in Long Beach
There are steps that you can take before, during, and after a dog attack. Following these steps will help minimize any injuries and make sure you are properly compensated if you are attacked.
Before a Dog Attack
- Don’t approach unfamiliar dogs, and ask the owner before petting a dog
- Try not to startle or disturb a dog, especially when it is eating or caring for puppies
- If a dog approaches you in an aggressive way, stay calm and do not make sudden moves
- Stand sideways on and avoid eye contact with the dog
- Slowly back away from the animal
During a Dog Attack
- If a dog attacks, protect yourself – use any item, such as a jacket or purse, as a shield
- If you are knocked off your feet, curl into a ball and protect your neck and extremities
- Get to safety
After a Dog Attack
- Wash the wounds carefully with soap and water. Apply pressure to deep wounds
- Seek medical attention. Either call 911 or visit a doctor, depending on severity
- Document the attack. Take pictures of the scene and your injuries, write down what you remember, take details for the dog owner if possible, and collect statements from any witnesses
- Contact a Long Beach dog bite lawyer
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Dog Bite?
Many dog bite victims in and around Long Beach do not get the compensation they deserve after being injured. This is where hiring the right attorney comes in.
You can fight for compensation on your own, but it is difficult. In most cases, a claim would be filed against a dog owner’s insurance policy. It is important to remember that insurance companies do not want to pay out, and it is difficult to take on an adjuster alone.
Hiring the right Long Beach lawyer for dog bite cases will give you a much better chance of success. Our skilled attorneys will help assemble the evidence you need to build the strongest case possible, providing guidance and support every step of the way.
The Long Beach dog bite attorneys of Bisnar Chase excel in negotiating with insurance companies, securing the best compensation settlements possible for clients. We are also accomplished trial lawyers, who will not hesitate to take a case to court when needed.
If you have suffered injuries due to the negligence of a dog owner, you deserve to be compensated properly. Hiring a dog bite lawyer gives you the best chance of securing the justice you deserve.
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“Insurance companies have professional negotiators who can take advantage of victims. This means that even in strict liability dog bite cases, you might not get the compensation you deserve. You need a lawyer fighting for you who will take on the insurance company and knows how to protect your rights.”
California Dog Bite Laws – Who is Liable?
Different areas of the U.S. have different dog bite laws. Some states give owners a warning the first time their dog behaves violently. However, California law enforces a “strict liability” rule.
This means that the dog’s owner is liable for any attack carried out by their pet, even if the owner was not negligent or at fault in any way. The victim can take legal action against the owner, whether they could have stopped their dog’s violent behavior or not.
Liability applies as long as the attack happened in a public place, or in a private location if the victim was on the property lawfully.
Liability does not apply if the victim was trespassing on private property, if the dog was defending itself against provocation, or if the dog was carrying out police or military work at the time.
Click here for more information on California dog bite laws.
Compensation for a Long Beach Dog Bite
One of our most frequently asked questions is how much a victim can expect in compensation. The truth is that the number can vary hugely from case to case. It will depend on a wide variety of factors. These include:
- The severity of the dog bite victim’s injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering and physical scarring
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages if a victim is unable to work
Turning to an experienced dog bite lawyer in Long Beach will help a victim make the most of their claim.
Filing a Dog Bite Injury Lawsuit
Victims have a time limit of two years from the date of an incident to take legal action. This is referred to as a statute of limitations. It is best to contact a Long Beach dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after an attack to start the ball rolling.
The best dog bite lawyers in Long Beach will make the process as simple as possible for victims. At Bisnar Chase we offer every prospective client a free consultation with no obligations. We want you to make a fully informed decision on the course of action you take.
We also offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee. If you have been injured in a dog attack in Long Beach, we want to make sure you are properly compensated. To ensure that any victim can hire us, we advance all costs. We only get paid if we win your case, making sure that everyone can afford our services.
Trust Bisnar Chase
The law firm of Bisnar Chase is proud to provide superior representation to residents in and around the 90805 area of Long Beach, and across Los Angeles County.
Our firm has been in business for more than 40 years, collecting more than $500 million for injury victims and maintaining an outstanding 96% success rate over that time. We have seen and handled countless dog bite cases in Long Beach and throughout Southern California, securing millions of dollars in settlements.
We are dedicated to helping those who need it most, and are ready to fight for you.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
6701 Center Drive West, 14th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90045