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Glendale Dog Bite Lawyers

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Dog bites can lead to serious injuries, and understanding the legal framework surrounding dog bite liability is crucial for victims seeking justice and compensation. These animal attacks can not only be physically painful but can also be profoundly traumatic, especially for children who may suffer long-lasting emotional distress. 

The risk of such incidents is notably present in diverse neighborhoods across Los Angeles, where residents and dogs interact daily. Due to the bustling nature of city life, even the most well-behaved dog can find itself in unpredictably stressful situations that may lead to a bite. 

These incidents can stem from various scenarios, from accidental provocation during playful interactions to unfortunate encounters with an unrestrained pet. Recognizing the deep impact these experiences can have on individuals, Hartounian, APLC extends dedicated and comprehensive personal injury support and guidance for those affected in our community.

Request a free consultation with a Glendale dog bite attorney by emailing us from our online contact form or calling (818) 463-1917.

What Are the Laws About Dog Bites in Los Angeles?

California operates under a "strict liability" statute concerning dog bite cases. This means that a dog owner can be held liable if their dog bites someone, regardless of the dog's previous behavior or the owner's knowledge or lack of knowledge regarding such behavior. 

This law applies when the victim is bitten in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner's property. This approach contrasts with the "one-bite" rule applicable in some other states, where the owner may not be held liable for a first bite if they had no reason to believe their dog was dangerous.

Los Angeles follows California's strict liability statutes regarding dog bites. Under California Civil Code Section 3342, dog owners may be liable for damages and losses if you or your child were injured in an attack. 

Filing a Dog Bite Injury Claim

You can file an injury claim for a dog bite if you were bitten in a public place or were lawfully present in a private place. This right applies whether you were invited as a guest, performing a duty imposed by law, or delivering services, such as mail delivery.

For example, suppose a child is invited to a neighbor's home to play and is bitten by the family dog. In that case, the homeowner can be held responsible for the child's injuries, regardless of whether the dog has shown aggression in the past. Another example might include a pedestrian walking through a public park bitten by an off-leash dog, violating local leash laws. In this scenario, the dog's owner could be held liable for the victim's medical expenses, pain, suffering, and any other damages resulting from the bite.

Homeowner's insurance can play a critical role in dog bite cases, offering financial protection to the dog owner against claims made by the bite victim. Most homeowner's insurance policies include liability coverage, which may cover the costs associated with dog bite injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

This coverage typically applies whether the bite occurs on the owner's property or elsewhere. However, some insurance policies may have exclusions for particular breeds considered high-risk or dogs with a history of aggression. 

Dog bite victims should know that seeking compensation through homeowner's insurance is common. This means you will be up against well-funded and resourceful insurers looking to protect themselves from injury claim payouts. 

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Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

Dog bites can cause a variety of injuries, ranging from minor puncture wounds to severe trauma, including nerve damage, infection, and scarring. Dogs can also jump on people and children, knocking them down and causing injuries, such as concussions, broken bones, dental damage, and other injuries. 

These consequences can extend beyond the immediate physical damage, leading to complex medical conditions and long-term psychological distress for victims. 

Severe dog bite injuries may require extensive medical treatment, including surgery, to address torn tissues, reduce the risk of infection, and improve the appearance of scars. Infections are a serious complication of dog bites; bacteria from the dog’s mouth are a potential cause.

Victims might also endure lengthy rehabilitation processes to regain full function of the affected area, especially in cases involving nerve damage. The psychological impact of dog bites can be equally daunting, as victims may develop phobias of dogs, experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or suffer from anxiety as a result of the attack. 

In the worst dog attack cases, victims have suffered catastrophic injuries from mauling, ending in death. 

Compensation for Dog Attack Victims

Victims of dog bites may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Punitive damages may also be awarded in cases of severe negligence or when a dog known to be dangerous causes the injury. 

Get Competent Legal Help from Hartounian, APLC

Our Glendale dog bite attorneys understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a dog bite can have on you and your family. We work vigorously to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, gather evidence, and advocate on your behalf for the full compensation you deserve. We can guide you through every step of the legal process, aiming to make it as stress-free as possible.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite, we urge you to discuss your case with us and learn how we can help you achieve the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact a team member online or at (818) 463-1917 to make your consultation appointment today. 

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