Unfortunately, irresponsible owners, poor training and even genetics can sometimes converge to produce a dog that bites or attacks. The result of such an attack can be a devastating injury and in extreme cases, even death.
Repairing the physical and emotional damage from dog bites or other animal attack injuries is often costly and can leave you with long lasting physical ailments and anxiety. The San Diego dog bite attorneys at Phillips & Pelly can step in and ensure that the owner of a dangerous dog is held responsible for the victim’s medical and counseling bills.
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If you are injured due to the actions of an aggressive dog or other animal, bites and attack wounds should be treated at the closest San Diego-area hospital. Do not hesitate to seek medical treatment, as dog bites can become infected very quickly.
The ragged wounds caused by animal mauling often require skilled surgery to minimize scarring and promote healing.
If at all possible, collect as much information as possible about the dog and its owner before reporting the animal attack to San Diego health officials. Authorities will quarantine the dog so they can find out if it is carrying any dangerous diseases such as rabies.
Before and during the healing process, keep as much documentation as possible, including multiple photographs of your injuries.
Our San Diego dog bite lawyers will do everything they can to collect additional information from doctors and witnesses, but sometimes the best evidence of an animal attack is the injury itself.
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Animal attack liability laws in California state that a dog owner is responsible for any injury caused by his or her dog, as long as the victim was lawfully located on either public or private property.
Although some states adopt the “one-free bite rule” which means that a dog must have bitten someone in the past to show they are prone to regular aggression, California does not provide leniency for a first offense or the owner’s lack of knowledge of the dog’s vicious tendencies. You can be compensated if bitten by a dog, even if the animal has no past history of such behavior.
The strongest animal attack cases are the ones that clearly show the victim to have been in a public area or legally on private property at the time of the dog attack. Witness and police reports are usually the best source of documentation for this purpose.
We understand that not every owner of a dog that bites is irresponsible, and not every animal attack victim needs extensive medical attention. If you have been bitten by a dog or another animal and are unsure whether to retain the services of a San Diego dog bite attorney, you should take into account several factors:
In cases of severe mauling, a victim may need several years of medical treatment. After the initial wounds have been treated, plastic surgery may be required to repair disfigured areas of the body.
Depending on medical insurance to cover the cost of such treatments is risky due to the long-term nature of care. Further, expecting the dog’s owner to continue paying your bills, riskier still.
The San Diego dog bite attorneys at Phillips & Pelly can make the distressing days and weeks after sustaining injuries from dog bites or an animal attack much easier.
At our San Diego firm, our animal attack injury attorneys will assist victims by compiling necessary documentation, talking to witnesses, and filing legal paperwork within the timeframe set forth by the statute of limitations.
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If you are injured in a dog attack, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
One of the first things to do after a dog bite, is to determine whether or not you have a claim. Phillips and Pelly are skilled Plaintiff’s attorneys with decades of litigation experience.
During your Free Case Evaluation , we will listen to the details of your case, and give you a professional assessment of whether or not you have a claim. Call or Email us now and let’s get started.
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