What to Do After a Dog Bite Injury
A dog bite can happen in the blink of an eye and can be completely unexpected when a person has done nothing to provoke the animal. Approximately 4.5 million people fall victim to dog bites each year, and sadly, many of these victims are young children. While we all hope never to find ourselves in this situation, it is important to be prepared just in case.
If you are bitten by a dog, you should take the following steps:
- Get the names and contact information of the dog owner, the people who had custody of the dog when it bit you, and any witnesses who may have seen what happened.
- Take pictures of your injury and any other important evidence.
- Immediately seek medical treatment. Not only is prompt medical treatment necessary to prevent infection, but it will also establish documentation that will support your personal injury claim.
- If you are contacted by the pet owner’s insurance company, politely but firmly decline to answer any questions until you have spoken with an attorney.
WHAT CALIFORNIA LAW SAYS ABOUT DOG BITE INJURIES
In California, dog owners can be held liable if their dog injures someone regardless of whether they were negligent or not (CA Civil Code Section 3342). If you have been bitten or otherwise injured by a dog, you should get in touch with an experienced dog bite attorney who can help get you the money you need to compensate you for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and, if necessary, cosmetic surgery.
At Levinson Law Group, our Carlsbad dog bite injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for the injured. We are prepared to do what it takes to help you obtain the compensation you need to cover your losses. If we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing!