San Bernardino Dog Bite Lawyers
San Bernardino Dog Bite Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have been winning dog bite cases for over 39 years in San Bernardino County, and we want to help you. Our dog bite attorneys have won over $300 Million for our clients and have established a 96% Success Rate.
Dog bite victims in San Bernardino suffer significant physical, emotional and financial losses. A dog attack not only results in a trip to the emergency room or surgery, but it also leaves serious psychological and emotional scars that could remain with the victim for a very long time.
Judging specific stereotypes for dogs is not what we do; what our San Bernardino Personal Injury Lawyers do is win dog bite cases no matter what kind of dog breed it is that has attacked you, injured you and has left a physical, mental and psychological trauma within your life.
In San Bernardino County, although we have seen a number of recent dog attacks involving children, it is important to remember that adults are equally vulnerable.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a dog bite incident in San Bernardino, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. Seek medical attention immediately, then contacting an experienced and successful San Bernardino Dog Bite Attorney.
For immediate assistance Call 909-253-0750 for a Free Consultation and Free Case Evaluation.
Contacting an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
If you have been injured in a San Bernardino dog attack, please make sure you get prompt medical attention and report the incident to your local animal control agency.
Identify the owner of the dog. If the dog has escaped, it is important that it be caught and quarantined right away so it does not pose a threat to the community.
Make sure that you preserve all evidence from the scene including torn or bloody clothing. If anyone saw the attack occur, be sure to get his or her name and contact information. Eyewitness testimony can be extremely valuable.
If you decide to pursue your legal rights, the experienced San Bernardino dog bite attorneys at Bisnar Chase can help you better understand your options.
We have successfully handled dog bite cases on behalf of young children and adults of all age groups. We understand that this can be an extremely traumatic and challenging time for you.
If you are looking for quality legal representation and top-notch customer service, please contact our law office at 909-253-0750.
We always offer Free Consultations and Case Evaluations to injured victims and their families.
County Ordinance Relating to Pit Bulls
In 2010, San Bernardino County Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring all pit bulls in the county to be spayed or neutered. San Bernardino city officials worked with San Bernardino County's Animal Care and Control Division to create the ordinance, which authorities believe will reduce the overpopulation of pit bulls countrywide.
They also hoped at the time that it would encourage responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of violent pit bull attacks. In the five years preceding the enactment of this ordinance, San Bernardino County saw seven pit bull attacks. No other breed was involved in a dog attack countrywide during that time frame.
This statistic is what led to this particular breed-specific action. The new rule basically means that all pit bulls and pit bull mixes older than four months should be spayed and neutered. Also, all such dogs used for breeding must be licensed.
Even though California law prohibits breed bans, it allows local agencies to enact breed-specific programs for spaying and neutering to control over-population of a certain breed.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites often result in major and permanent injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries suffered in dog attacks:
- Puncture wounds: Puncture wounds and tears occur when the attacking dog clamps down its teeth on the victim's flesh. Puncture wounds often result in tearing of the skin and permanent scars. A number of victims suffer such wounds to their face, leg, torso or arms. Scars and disfigurement may require plastic surgery. In some cases, they may result in permanent disfigurement.
- Emotional injuries: Children and adults who have been injured in dog attacks can carry the emotional and psychological impact with them for the rest of their lives. These injuries could manifest in paranoia or other symptoms such as being able to work or being able to sleep at night. Some victims even develop post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and suffer from flashbacks of the attack, nightmares or emotional withdrawal. Such serious psychological injuries may require long-term counseling or treatment.
- Serious infections: A dog bite could also lead to lethal bacterial infections or diseases such as rabies. These infections are typically transmitted through the saliva of animals infected with the rabies virus. Rabies is a fatal disease if not treated promptly.
- Head injuries: A dog bite victim could suffer severe head or brain injuries if he or she hits his or her head on the ground while being pushed to the ground. Such injuries could cause permanent injuries or disabilities.
- Broken bones: Fractures and crush injuries could also occur if the victim is knocked to the ground or falls while running from the dog attack.
- Deaths: Dog attacks could also result in deaths. Each year, at least 18 people die as a result of dog attacks in the United States.
Damages in Dog Attacks
Under California law, dog owners can be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused by their pets.
California's Civil Code Section 3342 states: "The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regard n less of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness."
Having the legal representation of an experienced dog bite lawyer who has studied, practiced and knows the ins and outs of the law, specifically regarding dog bite injuries and attacks is crucial to the positive and successful outcome of your settlement, verdict and amount of compensation you receive.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Cosmetic and other surgeries
- Permanent injuries
- Emotional distress
- Psychological injuries
- Physical pain and suffering
You Don't Pay If We Don't Win
Our skilled and experienced team of dedicated San Bernardino Dog Bite Attorneys have established a 96% Success Rate and have won over $300 Million for our clients. With over 39 years of experience, we are confident in promising our clients that if we do not win their case, they do not pay anything.
If there are medical expenses and or any other financial obligations you are responsible for, Bisnar Chase is priveleged to cover any costs throughout your case with us.
Just another way we try and help our clients; ensuring they receive the best care, attention and legal representation possible.