Californians love their pets. Cats and dogs are most common, along with ferrets, hamsters, parrots, and other birds. Others may have more exotic pets like iguanas, snakes, and rats. But no matter what type of animal, it's not uncommon for bites or attacks to happen. If you're looking for a dog bites attorney after an attack, we can help. No matter the animal, if you have been injured by someone else's pet you have rights. Contact a dog bites attorney today for any animal injury.
Pet lovers who visit other pet lovers usually want to approach someone’s animal who smells their pet on them. Others who don’t care for animals may avoid contact but find themselves in the animal’s personal space anyway. Either scenario can lead to an animal bite or an outright attack, leading to severe injuries.
So, who's responsible? In California, animal attacks and bites are part of premises liability law. The person who owns and/or manages the property, such as a home, apartment, condo, townhome, or another residential area, is responsible for the attacking animal. If the animal is known to be vicious, the homeowner/pet owner is responsible for ensuring that the animal is restrained to prevent potential interactions. Should they fail in that duty of care, the owner can be liable for your injuries.
At Queen Yasmine Law, we work on a contingency basis for premises liability and personal injury. Premises liability means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. Reach out today for a free consultation with a dog bite lawyer. At Queen Yasmine Law, we off contingency fee schedules for other practice areas such as:
California law has strict liability for dog and animal owners. This means that, unlike in other states, a dog does not get “one free bite.” In other words, an animal owner can be held liable for any bites inflicted by their dog, even if this was the first time the dog either bit someone or displayed any kind of vicious or ferocious behavior.
Owners must adequately restrain their pets from assaulting guests and passersby, such as on a city street while walking the animal. Rather than assume that the dog will not attack, the owner must take precautions to protect visitors from the possibility of the dog (or other animals) causing an injury.
The owner can be held liable for injuries inflicted by their dog or other pet as long as:
Premises liability means an owner, manager, landlord, or other responsible person is required to keep premises safe for everyone who enters. Owners have a duty of care to protect visitors, repair people, and others on a property for a business reason from any dangerous condition that can lead to injuries. This includes animal attacks and bites.
You have just two years to file your claim after an animal attack. Waiting could mean losing money because the insurance company knows you won’t have enough time to file if you wait too long. Hiring a dog bites lawyer with experience with time constraints and processes will ensure you get the most compensation possible.
Most people think that an incident with an animal is a dog bite, but that’s not always the case. Cats are known for walking around someone’s ankles and causing them to trip and fall. There are also many animals that can attack and injure someone. Other animals, including pets, can also bite if they are disturbed. Cats are the second-most common pet and are notorious for being picky about with whom they associate. Bites and scratches from cats can infect and pass along:
There are a few things to do if you have been attacked and injured by an animal. Let's review those.
Get immediate medical care. Animals are known to host all kinds of diseases and illnesses. Make sure you tell the staff that the injury was from an animal attack; most states have laws that require they file a report. A doctor will check for damage to tendons, bones, nerves, or muscles and then treat and possibly suture the wound. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for seven to ten days to treat an infection. If your injury becomes infected, bleeds, or fails to heal, return to your doctor for additional treatment. Dog bites can be serious injuries that require a lot of medical care that you shouldn't have to pay for. Call today for the compensation you deserve.
If you are able, take pictures of the animal and your injuries. This helps identify the animal later on and also helps a court or jury see the severity of the injury.
Get the name and contact information of the owner if you don’t already know them. If the animal has been vaccinated, consider asking the owner for vaccination records if possible.
Contact a dog bite lawyer to file your claim. We will work hard to get all expenses paid, paid back, and other compensation you deserve. Many people are afraid to file a claim for an animal bite or attack, mainly if it occurred at a friend's or relative's home. In most cases, their homeowner’s policy will cover these types of claims and help cover your losses and expenses.
If you have been the victim of a dog, cat, or another animal who bit or attacked you, You have rights under the law that may entitle you to compensation. For your injuries and losses.
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