Dog Bites – Why You Need A Dog Bite Lawyer

Experienced Dog Bite Attorney in Valencia CA

With a particular expertise in California laws regarding dog bites, the Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant assists victims of dog attacks to receive fair compensation for their injuries. We’ve witnessed the incidence of dog bites in California grow at an alarming rate. Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year—that’s 2% of the country’s entire population every 365 days!

Most dog bites are minor and barely break the skin, but more than 80,000 dog bites require medical attention and almost two dozen result in deaths annually.  Sadly, the majority of those who die are children.

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After the Dog Bite Attack

Being bitten by a dog can be a very traumatic experience. Immediately after an animal attack we want you to take care of yourself: seek medical treatment immediately. Even if the dog bite seems like a minor injury, you should get immediate medical attention. Dogs can pass on diseases, including rabies, to their personal injury victims so don’t take any chances. Infections from a bite can become serious enough to require hospitalization and surgery.  If possible, you should make contact with the dog’s owner and attempt to get a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to prevent you or your child from having to go through a round of painful preventative rabies shots.

We recommend that our clients write down detailed notes about the attack, including at what time it occurred. You need to get your memories of the events down on paper as soon as possible, because over time your memory will fade or change, which can make it harder for us to build your case and successfully get you proper compensation. Remember to take many sharp photographs of the bite and other injuries, and if possible the scene where the bite took place.

Don’t Go It Alone!

You may be tempted to try to handle the situation on your own with the dog owner, especially if he or she is a neighbor or friend. However, even if you do manage to get the owner to cover your medical bills (highly unlikely), you won’t receive compensation for pain and suffering, future medical expenses, scarring, lost wages, or other related expenses from the dog’s owner without help from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.  The bottom line is that people are almost always apologetic for an incident until you start giving them the bills, then they try to pass the buck. Don’t let this happen to you; you deserve better and should seek an experienced dog bite lawyer.

Of course, some dog owners will attempt to tell you that their dog didn’t do anything wrong by biting you. They may argue that you were on their property or that you did something to provoke the dog. As dog bite lawyers, we know through our extensive dog bite litigation experience that California has very strict laws regarding dog bites.  Chances are these laws will protect you well.

There are a few exceptions in which the victim may be held responsible for the attack, but in the vast majority of cases that the Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant has handled, the dog owner’s insurance has been required to pay and to accept full responsibility for the incident.

Call Today for a Free Consultation with One of Our Attorneys

Don’t let the breed of dog that bit you discourage you from calling our law offices immediately.

If you are involved in a dog bite case in the state of California, don’t take the matter into your own hands and instead contact our experienced dog bite attorneys in Santa Clarita. Call 661-222-9929 for an immediate free consultation or complete our contact form.