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Defending Your Rights: The Importance of Hiring a Skilled Dog Bite Attorney

California follows strict liability laws for dog bite cases. This means the dog owner is liable for any injuries their dog causes, regardless of whether they knew the dog was dangerous. However, this does not mean that proving your case will be easy. This is why it is so important to hire a dog bite attorney to protect your rights so you can receive fair compensation.

What a Dog Bite Attorney Will Do for You

You have a right to compensation for dog bite injuries. This is true regardless of whether you were on public or private property when a dog attacked you. You must have legally been on private property when the attack happened. A dog attack lawyer will protect this right, fighting for what you deserve. When you enlist the help of a personal injury attorney, they will: 

Gather Evidence of the Animal Attack

Our skilled attorneys will obtain all the necessary evidence to prove your case. This may include:

  • The police report
  • Reports of previous attacks or aggression
  • Photos or video of the attack and your injuries
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Your medical records 
  • Receipts and invoices

Establish That You Did Not Cause the Attack

The dog’s owner may claim that you did something to cause the dog to attack you. Our team will work to prove that the dog attacked you unprovoked.

Establish That You Were on the Property Legally

The dog’s owner may claim that you were trespassing on the property, which would mean they aren’t liable for your injuries. We’ll investigate to prove you had a legal right to be on the property. 

Communicate With All Involved Parties

This is especially important in dog bite cases, as the dog’s owner is often a friend or neighbor. When this occurs, people often downplay their injuries or handle the situation between themselves to avoid suing the dog’s owner. However, it’s important to note that when you file a dog bite claim, you’re typically recovering from the dog owner’s insurance company, not the dog owner. 

It’s also important to note that when you hire an attorney, they handle all communications with the dog’s owner and other parties. You can keep the claim out of your relationship. 

An attorney will also handle all communications with the insurance company to protect you.

Negotiate for a Fair Settlement

Insurance companies often don’t want to give you the compensation you deserve. If you handle your case without an attorney, you may not know what the actual value of your case is. You may accept a settlement offer without negotiating for what you deserve. This can cost you thousands or more if you later experience medical complications or develop post-traumatic stress disorder or another mental illness that affects your quality of life or ability to work.

We’ll ensure that your settlement covers your: 

  • Bills for medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages

Protect Your Legal Rights After a Dog Bite

When people choose to handle cases without a personal injury lawyer, insurance companies know it will be easier to take advantage of them. Our attorneys will protect your right to compensation and ensure that the provider does not devalue your insurance claim. We handle all the legal procedures so you can focus on healing from your injuries.

If you decide to handle your dog bite case alone, you will have to manage all the tasks above while recovering from serious injuries or caring for an injured loved one. 

Handle the Expenses of Your Case

If you handle a dog bite case on your own, you have to fund the entire process out of pocket. While an animal injury lawyer might require you to cover certain administrative expenses, it will likely cost you much less out of pocket than if you handled it alone. Your attorney will explain what expenses you may be responsible for during your initial consultation.

Allow You to Focus on Your Recovery

Your personal injury lawyer will handle every aspect of the legal process while you focus on your recovery or caring for an injured loved one. Dog bite injuries require your entire focus, which you can’t give if you’re attempting to handle a case on your own. 

Handle Your Case With No Upfront Fees

We don’t want you to worry about how you’ll afford legal help; for this reason, we take cases on a contingency-fee basis. You pay no upfront costs and only our attorney’s fees if and when we win your case. 

We manage your case with no financial risk to you.

Our Dog Bite Attorneys Are Ready to Help You Recover Compensation and Move Forward

We know how traumatic a dog bite can be. We want to help you get the compensation you need to cover medical bills, counseling, lost wages, pain and suffering, and trauma. 

Remember, we can get started today with no upfront costs. Call KJT Law Group today for a free consultation: (818) 507-8525.

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