November 29, 2016 Category: Dog Bites
Dogs have been known to be “man’s best friend” for ages. While these furry creatures provide lots of fun and entertainment, they can be loyal and protective of their owners, and sometimes they can cause harm to unsuspecting individuals. In fact, in 2015 alone there were 34 dog bites that resulted in fatalities to men, women, and children throughout the United States. When encountering dogs, it is important to be alert and exercise care. If you or your loved one has been injured by a dog bite in California, contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP for a risk-free initial consultation today.
Strict Liability for Dog Bites
California is a strict liability state for dog bites. Strict liability means that an owner will be liable for certain dangerous activities regardless of whether actual negligence or an intent to harm was present. Strict liability will apply to any dog bite that occurs in either:
- A public place; or
- A private place so long as you or your loved one was lawfully in the place.
Since strict liability applies to any dog bites, the owner will be held responsible for any damages that occurred as a result of the dog bite.
Recovering Damages for Your Injury
Dog Bites are serious incidents that must be handled properly. Without proper medical attention, the seriousness of your incident could multiply, leaving you or your loved one susceptible to illness and infection. It is important to obtain prompt medical care. Although the costs of medical care are constantly on the rise, it is just one of the damages you will be able to recover for after a dog bite. Other expenses you may be able to recover for include:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Damage to property
- Mental anguish
Damages recoverable after a dog bite are dependent upon the severity of your injury. Speaking with an experienced attorney is essential to determine your probability of recovery after a dog bite. During an initial consultation, one of our experienced attorneys will examine the facts and circumstances of your claim to determine the range of recovery.
Glotzer & Leib, LLP: Your Personal Injury Litigators
If you have been injured in and around California by a dog bite, the attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP want to assist you in obtaining a just compensation for your injuries. We serve clients located in and around the Anaheim, Burbank, Costa Mesa, Downey, Lancaster, Ontario, Pasadena, or West Covina area. Our professional atmosphere, personalized representation, and consistent communication are what sets our firm apart from the others. We have a track record of obtaining satisfactory results for our California clients. We look forward to assisting you with all of your personal injury needs.
If you have or someone you know has a personal injury claim in California, contact Joshua W. Glotzer for an initial consultation today.