When a dog bites someone in Los Angeles, the dog’s owner is generally legally responsible for any harm that occurs. This could include medical bills, missed income, pain and suffering, and more. If this happened to you, a Los Angeles dog bite injury attorney may be able to help you seek and recover compensation.
A personal injury attorney from KJT Law Group is here to help. We provide free consultations for dog bite victims in Southern California. Call (818) 507-8525 now to discuss your legal options with a team member.
Los Angeles Dog Bite Injuries
KJT Law Group sees clients with dog bite injuries regularly. We understand how significantly these injuries can affect many aspects of your life. Injuries after a dog bite may include:
- Puncture wounds
- Torn skin, muscles, and other soft tissues
- Broken bones
- Large, open wounds
- Face and neck wounds
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Lasting disabilities
According to research published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, about two-thirds of dog bite injuries occur in situations when the dog and victim know one another. We often see cases where a neighbor, friend, or family member’s dog bites someone they know. Other common circumstances include
- A delivery driver, meter reader, or another person coming to the dog owner’s property
- A dog running free outside of the owner’s property
- At a dog park
- At a public park or another recreation area
Dog bites can occur when the dog approaches the person or when the person approaches the dog. In the research mentioned above, about three-fourths of the dogs had no history of previous bites.
Pursuing Damages With Help From a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
Even relatively minor dog bites require careful cleaning because of the high risk of infection. This may mean bills from an urgent care clinic, your doctor, or the local emergency department. More serious injuries could require ambulance transportation, hospitalization, and even plastic surgery in the future. The costs quickly add up.
Our attorneys recognize how expensive it can be to treat and recover from dog bite injuries. Victims with permanent injuries and scarring pay an even higher price. This is why we fight for the compensation our clients need and deserve.
Recoverable damages in a dog bite case might include:
- Medical bills and future care expenses
- Lost income from time away from work
- Diminished earning capacity for long-term injuries and complications
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages if the victim passes away
Get Help From a Dog Bite Attorney in Los Angeles
The attorneys at KJT Law Group work to get justice for every dog bite victim we represent. We approach each case with compassion but provide aggressive legal counsel when necessary, using our proven experience and knowledge of California law.
As you can see from our case results, we recover fair and just settlements for our clients whenever possible. In court, we present strong cases and often receive substantial verdicts for our clients. In all, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients throughout Southern California.
When you choose our team, you will work directly with your attorney. We prioritize our clients and treat them like individuals, not just another case. Because we are a contingency fee-based law firm, we never ask for any money up front – and there are no attorney’s fees unless we win your case.
When Should I Call an Attorney?
When a dog bite occurs, your health and well-being must come first. See a doctor for any moderate or significant injuries immediately. Even minor injuries have a high risk of infection, so you may still want to see a doctor to ensure they are clean.
Once your injuries are stable, we encourage you to connect with an attorney. Our team can handle your insurance claim or lawsuit while you continue treatment or heal and get back to your regular activities. You should not have to pay for these injuries yourself. Let us hold the dog’s owner legally responsible for you.
Building a Los Angeles Dog Bite Injury Case
According to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, a dog’s owner is legally liable for bites:
- When the attack occurs in a public area
- When the animal bites a person who is legally on the property (including the owner’s property)
- Regardless of the history of the dog
At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles dog bite lawyers know the common causes of dog bites and how these incidents occur. We have the knowledge and experience to develop a strong case against the dog’s owner and seek compensation for our clients.
This process often requires us to:
- Interview witnesses
- Obtain any reports filed by police officers, the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, or other agencies
- Gather and analyze any related medical records
- Document injuries through photos and physical evidence
- Collect any video footage of the incident
- Review records to look for any previous aggressive behavior
- Take other steps to identify, gather, and analyze evidence
Pursuing the Compensation You Deserve
Once we have a strong case to show what happened and who is likely liable for the dog bite, we can pursue compensation based on your damages. This may be possible by:
- Filing an insurance claim
- Suing the dog’s owner
Recovering compensation through an insurance claim is most common. We file claims based on the dog owner’s applicable insurance policy, usually a homeowner’s policy. Homeowner policies typically include liability coverage for those hurt on the property or because of the owner’s property, including dogs.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can manage this process for you while you focus on your physical recovery. We will provide you with advice and guidance, while giving you the opportunity to accept or reject any offer made in your case.
Act as Soon as Possible to Protect Your Right to Sue in Your LA Dog Bite Case
Occasionally, the attorneys from KJT Law Group have to sue the dog’s owner in a dog bite case. There are numerous reasons why this may occur. Our attorneys can offer more case-specific information during your free consultation with our team.
However, we must ensure we meet the deadline set by California law for beginning a lawsuit. Under CCP § 335.1, we only have two years to file the initial paperwork. Missing this deadline could result in losing the right to sue and also prevent us from negotiating a fair settlement. It is imperative that we meet the deadline.
Speak to a Los Angeles Dog Bite Injury Lawyer About Your Options for Free
At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys provide complimentary consultations for victims and their families. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Los Angeles animal attack, we are here for you. We can assess the circumstances of your case, determine your options, and explain how we will help. We offer these evaluations at no cost to you or your family, and there is no obligation to use our services.
Call (818) 507-8525 today to talk to an attorney about your case for free. We want to help you pursue justice for the injuries you suffered.
If you or someone you love was injured due to another person’s negligence, contact KJT Law Group at (818) 507-8525 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.