Yorba Linda, Carlsbad, Monterey Park, and Moreno Valley Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
In Southern California, we love our pets. In most cases, our dogs are beloved members of our families. But each year, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in our country and approximately 800,000 require medical attention. And studies show that Southern California leads the nation when it comes to dog bite incidents.
You Deserve Compensation After a Dog Bite
If you have been the victim of a dog bite or attack in Yorba Linda, Carlsbad, Monterey Park, Moreno Valley, or a surrounding community in Southern California, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced dog bite lawyers at Braff Injury Law PC. Over our careers, we have recovered compensation for our clients who have been victims of such attacks and have worked diligently to ensure that their legal rights were represented.
Dog bites and attacks can be much more extensive than puncture wounds. They can also result in
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Lifelong emotional trauma
The Liability of the Dog Owner
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Unless the dog bit you because you were provoking it or you were committing a crime when it happened, you are covered under California’s Civil Code Section 3342 which 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, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
Consequently, dog owners can be held responsible for any injuries and damages suffered by the victim of a bite or attack. This compensation can be for
- Medical costs
- Costs of any surgeries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Extensive
Injuries due to dog bites and attacks can result in extensive medical treatment. Many dog bite victims need to undergo plastic surgery in order to treat the marks and scarring caused by these types of incidents. Most insurance companies will not cover these procedures as they are considered cosmetic in nature. Compounding the physical nature of a dog bite or attack is the mental and emotional nature which may require therapy sessions to treat the depression or PTSD that may ensue after such an incident.
Having the Advice of a Dog Bite Lawyer
In most cases, a dog owner’s own homeowners’ insurance will cover these types of incidents but if there is no policy, in the case of a renter, or if injuries exceed the coverage, the victim can hold the dog owner personally liable. This is when having the advice of a legal professional is so important.
At Braff Injury Law PC, we have the experience it takes to bring forth dog bite suits and recover the maximum compensation possible for our clients. We have represented clients in Yorba Linda, Carlsbad, Monterey Park, and Moreno Valley with diligent legal services for decades. Call us for a free consultation if you or a family member has suffered a dog bite or attack.