"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.
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.
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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