Is California the dog bite capital of the United States? According to a story in the Los Angeles Times last year, “man’s best friend” cost insurance companies in our state over $64 million in dog bite claims. California led the United States last year in the cost of dog bite claims (1,919 claims in all). Have you or has a family member been attacked by a dog in California and suffered harm? If so, you may be wondering what you need to do regarding a claim. Your first priority is to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries and then seek legal counsel who has experience handling dog bite claims.
The Levinson Law Group, led by Gordon R. Levinson, has the experience you need to get the justice you and your family deserve for your injuries and damages. Mr. Levinson has represented insurance companies and he understands how they handle and process dog bite claims. Today, Mr. Levinson uses this knowledge and experience to fight for injured and aggrieved people against these big insurance companies. Put his knowledge and experience on your side to get the justice you deserve!
The Levinson Law Group(Personal Injury Law Firm) accepts cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. Furthermore, in most cases, we even advance the costs. For your free consultation, call (760) 642-5475 today.
Compensation for Damages in Dog Bite Claims
No amount of money awarded in dog bite claims will undo the damage caused by dog bites. Dog bite victims suffer physical and emotional harm from dog attacks. However, the closest we can get to justice for your injuries is to hold the person responsible for the animal financially accountable by forcing the party to compensate you for your damages.
According to California’s dog bite laws, it is not required that the dog has a previous history of aggression, violence, or attacks for the owner of the dog to be held liable for damages. It is sufficient if a dog attacks and bites a person one time for the laws to apply and hold the owner responsible for any damages caused by the attack. If the victim was not trespassing, did not willfully provoke the dog, and the victim suffered damages, the victim can hold the owner of the dog liable for lost wages, medical bills, physical, pain, emotional suffering, and other compensatory damages.
Punitive Damages in Dog Bite Claims
In some dog bite claims, the victim may be entitled to receive punitive damages under California Civil Code §3294. Punitive damages are designed to “punish” a defendant when the evidence clearly shows that the defendant is “guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice.” In dog bite claims, if the victim can prove that the owner acted with malice, the victim may be entitled to receive punitive damages in addition to other damages. Punitive damages send a clear message to other dog owners that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. In dog bite claims where punitive damages are recovered, we hope it will encourage other dog owners to takes steps to protect the public from a similar accident from occurring in the future.