Compensation For Dog Bite Survivors
The trauma of a vicious dog bite attack is life-changing. Dog bite injuries often leave permanent scars that can result in physical and psychological damage. If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills as well as any long-term physical or psychological damage suffered.
The attorneys at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri in Pasadena, California, are experienced at recovering maximum compensation for victims of dog bites and other animal attacks.
We pursue damages from all liable parties. Many dog bite incidents provide a reason to hold multiple parties in addition to the dog owner liable for damages. This may include a landlord or the operator of a commercial property if the incident occurred at a business. We take the time to review all of the facts of a case to ensure that all liable parties are named in a lawsuit.
Under California law, it does not matter if a dog has bitten someone previously or whether the owner had reason to suspect the dog could be vicious. California law states that a victim of a dog bite attack only needs to show that:
- The dog was owned by the defendant.
- The dog bite attack occurred on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property.
- The victim was injured by an actual bite during the dog attack.
- The dog caused the injury.
Dog Attack Injury Lawyers
Generally, a dog owner is not liable in a dog bite case if the victim kicked, teased or otherwise provoked the dog. One exception to this is when the victim is under the age of 5. Children younger than 5 years old are considered incapable of negligent acts, such as provoking a dog. The courts reason that children of that age are not legally capable of acting with reasonable care toward an animal.
If a child is bitten by a dog, he or she can recover from the physical injuries of a dog bite, yet have psychological wounds — trauma and fear — that persist into adulthood. Our experienced lawyers understand that it’s wise to be patient and not rush to reach a settlement in a dog bite case involving a child until the full extent of psychological damages becomes clear.
Contact the Experienced Dog Bite Attorneys at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri Today
Dog and pet owner liability laws are constantly evolving. If you have questions regarding an incident involving you or a loved one, call us at (626) 568-4000 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation.