Roseville Personal Injury Attorneys Assist Dog Bite Victims
Aggressive trial lawyers seek full compensation for people hurt in animal attacks
Across the United States, Americans love their canine companions. Estimates place the number of dogs in U.S. households at almost 90 million. But man’s best friend isn’t always as well behaved as we would like. Each year, there are roughly 4.7 million recorded dog bites, 800,000 of which are serious enough for medical care. Roughly 17,000 bites result in insurance claims, with California leading the nation at 2,396 claims in 2019. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a dog attack, Patrick Law Corp in Roseville is ready to help. Our Northern California attorneys understand how harmful a dog attack can be, so we treat your case with the utmost care. As you try to heal physically, we work aggressively to obtain appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Effective firm works to establish liability in Sacramento-area dog bite cases
California is not one of those states that allows a dog “one free bite” before holding the owner responsible. The California dog bite statute makes owners strictly liable for bites in public places or on private property when the victim is legally present. If you have a lawful reason to be on a dog owner’s property, as a guest with an explicit or implied invitation, or as a licensee, such as a letter carrier, meter reader, or delivery person, the owner is liable for any unprovoked bite. Dog owners might also be liable if a large dog jumps up on a person and knocks that person to the ground, causing an injury. However, the strict liability standard does not apply. The owner’s negligence must be demonstrated to win damages at trial.
Victims of dog bites have a limited timeframe to file a legal claim seeking compensation for their injuries. California's statute of limitations for personal injuries allows two years from the date of the attack, so victims should immediately contact an injury attorney.
What types of injuries commonly result from dog bites?
Not every nip from a canine justifies a legal claim. However, even bites from small dogs can produce injuries that require medical treatment, such as:
- Puncture wounds
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Crush injuries
- Shock due to blood loss
- Night terrors due to post-traumatic shock
- Nerve damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
Since 2018, more than 27,000 people have undergone reconstructive surgery for injuries sustained in a dog attack. Even if a dog owner offers to pay your medical expenses, it is wise to seek counsel from a qualified attorney. In addition to healthcare costs, you may be entitled to other damages, such as compensation for pain and suffering, as well as lost income if you are unable to work for any period of time.
Contact an accomplished Roseville personal injury lawyer for a free dog bite consultation
Patrick Law Corp in Roseville provides aggressive personal injury representation for Californians how are injured in dog attacks. To learn whether you can recover substantial damages, schedule a free initial consultation by calling 916-226-6062 or contacting us online. Our office is conveniently located off I-80, but we can come to your home or hospital room if necessary.