What You Should Know if You Think You May Have a Dog Bite Lawsuit
Any dog bite can prove to be more dangerous than you might have originally thought. The site of the wound can become infected, you may have tendon or muscle damage that was not initially diagnosed, and you may need corrective plastic surgery, costing thousands of dollars.
What Should I Do? Do I Have a Lawsuit?I was driving down the street, when a dog who had gotten out of his back yard went running across the street. A motorcycle rider swerved to get out of the way of the dog and ran into my car, causing me to drive into a tree. The motorcycle rider and I were both injured and our vehicles were severely damaged. My insurance company is going after the dog's owner for causing the accident. Is this right?
Yes, it very well may be the responsibility of the dog's owner. In this case, your insurance company would be going after the dog owner's homeowner's insurance policy. Under California state law, an owner is required to maintain control of his dog at all times. This may turn out to be a lengthy case, with insurance companies battling to deny liability. Contact a dog bite attorney who is familiar and experienced with local dog bite laws who will be able to assess your particular situation.
Is This a Case For a Dog Bite Lawyer?My neighbor's dog attacked and killed another neighbor's cat a year ago. Now, the same dog bit my dog, and then me when I was trying to protect my dog. My neighbor often lets the dog off of a leash. Is this legal?
More than likely this is not legal. For instance, under California law, a dog who has caused injury to another animal or person within a period of 3 years may be legally classified as a "potentially dangerous dog" or a "vicious dog". Both terms are defined under the Dangerous Dog Statue. State law holds the dog's owner to be liable for any damages or injuries caused by the dog in public places, and in some cases even while on the owner's property, if the victim is there legally. Complex legal issues may arise regarding trespassing, or the legal definitions of being on a property legally. This is a situation where a consultation with a dog bite attorney who practices and has knowledge of local dog bite laws can be very helpful.
My Neighbor's Dog Bit My Son, But it Doesn't Seem Too Serious. Should I take Him to the ER?My Neighbor's dog always plays nicely with my 3 year old son, but yesterday while I was visiting, the dog bit her on the face and arms. there was only a little bit of bleeding, but I am wondering if I should have the bites looked at. Today, the area is really red and swollen. My neighbor says it's not a big deal. What should I do? I don't have insurance.
Any dog bite can turn out to be very serious. Infection is one of the most severe side effects of any animal bite. Dogs, in particular, carry many dangerous germs in their mouths. Even just a small bite can carry germs into the bloodstream. This can end up being very serious, even resulting in death. Always seek medical care for any bite from a dog or any animal, for that matter. Your neighbor's homeowner's insurance policy should cover your medical expenses. This is a perfect example of why you should consult with a dog bite attorney.