Our Attorneys Can Help Dog Bite Victims
Dogs have incredibly powerful jaws that can inflict severe injuries on a victim. Often, these injuries happen unexpectedly, and victims need to know where to turn so they can secure compensation.
At Licata & Yeremenko, our team is standing by to help when you need a dog bite attorney in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County areas. We have the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the case. We understand the dog bite laws in California, and we will work diligently to recover the compensation you are entitled to.
How Often Do Dog Bites Affect Californians?
Studies have shown that California residents incur more dog bites each year than any other state in the country, but that should come as no surprise considering our large population. It is more helpful to look at information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which shows us that around 800,000 people seek medical care each year due to dog bites in the United States.
In fact, around 2,400 people are bitten and injured by a dog each day in this country. Unfortunately, studies also show that more than 50% of dog bite injury victims are children.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Severe
Dog bite injuries are often severe because these animals have very powerful jaws and sharp teeth. It is not uncommon for our California dog bite attorneys at Licata & Yeremenko to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Puncture wounds and lacerations
- Significant blood loss
- Amputated fingers
- Crushed or broken bones
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
California Dog Bite Laws
California operates under a “strict liability” dog bite statute that can be found in California Civil Code section 3342. Under this law, the dog owner can be held liable for any injuries caused directly by a dog bite regardless of whether or not the dog has ever shown a propensity for violence or bitten anybody in the past. The law says that the dog owner will be held liable so long as the injury victim was bitten in a public place or while lawfully in a private place.
It is important to note that California’s dog bite law only applies to injuries caused by a bite, not by some other behavior on the part of the animal. For example, if a dog runs into somebody and knocks them over, and that person subsequently breaks a bone, the strict liability dog bite law will not apply. However, the victim may still be able to hold the dog owner accountable for their negligence through a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact Our Dog Bite Attorneys For Help Today
If you or somebody you care about has been bitten and injured by a dog, turn to the team at Licata & Yeremenko. We have extensive experience handling complex dog bite cases, and we know what it takes to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers to ensure you are taken care of.
Our goal is to secure compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, household out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering losses, and more. When you need a California dog bite attorney, you can reach out to us on our website for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-783-5757.