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The Cost of a Dog Bite

Posted on in Personal Injury

California accident attorney, California dog bite lawyerDog bite injuries can leave victims of an attack in serious condition. There can be deep wounds, and there is a risk for serious disease. Medical care is required in approximately 20 percent of all dog bites, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Alarmingly, about half of all dog bite victims are children who are more vulnerable to injury that could last for years. If you or your child has been injured, you should not be forced to pay medical bills and go uncompensated for the pain stemming from the dog attack.

Types of Damages in a Dog Bite Case

Many people who are injured undervalue how much they believe they are owed because they do not understand the types of damages for which they may be eligible. These types of damages include:

  • Medical costs. Any medical bills you have paid and any medical procedures or care you may need in the future. It is critical that when accepting a settlement you factor in future medical costs.
  • Lost income. If you missed any days at work, you can be compensated.
  • Diminished future earnings. If the attack left you with injuries that are keeping you from working to your fullest, you can be compensated for this loss.
  • Pain and suffering. This is loosely tied to the extent of your medical bills and medical treatment.

Concerned About Suing Your Friend?

Many accident victims are attacked by a dog that belongs to a friend or neighbor. It is natural to be hesitant to file a suit against someone you are close to or like. However, many times the owner of a dog will not have to pay out of pocket for your injuries. Rather, the dog owner’s home or rental insurer will be the party that ultimately pays.

Do You Have a Case?

In order to be entitled to the damages discussed above, you must meet requirements set forth under California law. California Civil Code section 3342.5 states that the dog owner will be liable to a bite victim if:

  • The bite victim was in a public place or lawfully in a private place, and
  • The dog was not provoked.

It does not matter if the dog was known to be vicious or if it had bitten in the past. There are some exceptions provided for in the law, including exceptions for police and military dogs.

Contact a San Jose Dog Bite Attorney Soon

If you have been injured after a dog bite, there are several types of damages to which you may be entitled. You must bring your suit within the statute of limitations. Most dog bite cases must be filed within two years of the bite. Contact the experienced San Jose personal injury attorney at Jachimowicz Law Group by calling 408-246-5500 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=CIV&sectionNum=3342.

https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx

 

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