Dog Bite Attacks and Liability
Southern California is one of the most dog-friendly regions in the country. Off-leash dog beaches are abundant and there are a plethora of dog parks in the state that are designed with our furry friends in mind. There are also many hiking trails throughout the state that allow people to bring their pets. Today, there are more and more restaurants that have designated pet areas, and people can sit and dine with their dogs by their side. Undoubtedly, dogs can accompany their owners almost anywhere. Unfortunately, whenever a dog is around, there is always a risk of being bitten and injured in an attack. If your or a loved one was attacked and bitten by a dog, obtaining the support of a qualified personal injury attorney can ensure you obtain the compensation needed for medical expenses. The qualified litigators at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can advocate on your behalf.
Dog bite injuries are sadly on the rise throughout the nation. Fortunately, bite victims have the legal right to pursue financial compensation from the dog owner to pay for incurred expenses following the attack. With many years of experience, the dog bite injury attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Schedule a complimentary consultation by contacting the firm today,
Dog Bite Injuries Throughout the Nation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that close to 5 million dog bites occur every year throughout the country. Of these attacks, about 800,000 bite attacks lead to injuries requiring some form of medical attention. Additionally, about half of those that require medical attention will require emergency medical treatment.
Sadly, there are also many people who die as a result of dog bite injuries. According to the CDC, the most vulnerable groups of people are senior citizens and small children.
Liability After a Dog Bite
No matter the size or severity of a dog bite, any dog bite can be frightening and it can also be life-changing. The State of California recognizes this and it allows injured dog bite victims the opportunity to pursue compensation for their damages. Based on the state’s strict dog bite law, dog owners will be held strictly responsible for the damages suffered by a person bitten by their dog. Dog owners can be held accountable for the victim’s hospital bills, loss of wages and benefits, disability, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and more.
Unless the victim was unlawfully in a private location when the attack occurred or purposefully provoked the animal, dog owners will be responsible for the victim’s injuries. In order to file the claim, the injured person must bring the case forward before the statute of limitations expires. In most dog bite injury cases, the statute of limitations for dog bite injury cases is two years from the date of the attack.
Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
The State of California is a dog-friendly state and there are many public areas permitting dog owners to bring their pets. Sadly, dog bite injuries are common, and when a person is injured as a result of another’s dog, the opportunity to recover compensation is available.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries from a dog bite, the attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can help. The firm specializes in complex dog bite injury cases, including those resulting in severe emotional trauma, disfigurement, and permanent disability. To schedule a complimentary consultation, consider contacting the firm today.
Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.