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Dog Bites 

"Man's Best Friend"

 We often praise dogs as “Man’s best friend,” and admire canines for their companionship and loyalty.   Additionally, many people  rely on canines for their active role as service animals and other individuals use dogs for hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation such as hiking or jogging.  Dogs are also used by many police municipalities as an invaluable assistant for many different types of  police activities.

But dogs can be dangerous. too. 

In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
(2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013)

One of the most frightening types of injuries is that which is sustained by a dog bite. Victims of these dog attacks are all too often maimed, scarred, or severely injured in a single moment. The mental and physical toll from dog bite injuries can be excruciating and permanent.  Many times, dog bite injuries need multiple surgeries to repair the damage, if the damage can be repaired at all.

If you have suffered a dog bite, there are several steps you need to take in order to deal with the dog bite as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Check to see if the dog has had a rabies vaccination
  • Get the name and contact information of the dog's owner
  • Report the incident to the police and get a copy to the police report
  • Take photos of your injuries, the location of the attack, and if possible, the dog
  • Do not accept any settlement from the dog's owner or the owner's insurance company
  • Do not admit fault  

The “one-free bite” rule no longer applies in California

In the state of California, a “Strict Liability” statute is enforced in situations where dogs attack and injure another person.   California has passed a statute that eliminates the “one-free bite” rule by holding a dog owner liable even if the dog has never bitten anyone or shown a tendency to bite.  Under this statute, liability is based upon ownership and the dog’s past behavior is irrelevant and, depending on the severity of an injury as well as case specifics, a dog owner may be held accountable at both a civil and criminal level. 

Compensation for Dog Bites Claims

It is never easy to win a claim for a dog bite, as dog owners are very defensive when it comes to the behavior of their pets. You need an experienced attorney who knows and understands your rights and can ensure that a comprehensive claim package is presented to the dog owner.  Call Pirrone and Pirrone for assistance as soon as possible. After reviewing your claim, FREE of charge, we will assist you to get the compensation you deserve and are entitled to. If we don’t recover damages for you, you don’t pay any attorney fees.

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You have found the best possible law firm for individuals seriously injured by Dog Bites

Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the severity of  dog bite injuries and the complexity of the laws governing these types of attacks.

The next step is to discuss exactly what happened  and why, and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal and health care needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies and other responsible parties understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the  circumstances of your accident. 

Do not delay.  Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.   


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