The area of law that concerns dog bites differs from state-to-state, with the majority of states operating under either negligence or strict liability standards. California is a strict liability state, which is an important fact when considering whether to seek damages for a dog bite. Strict liability is a legal standard that holds an individual or entity legally responsible for the resulting consequences of an action or event, even if there was no intent or fault on the part of the individual or entity.
From the perspective of the victim of the dog bite, the crucial distinction is that the owner cannot claim he or she was unaware the dog would act in an aggressive manner in order to avoid liability. If you were bitten by a dog while in a public place or while lawfully on private property, you have a right to pursue damages. The only exceptions to this standard apply to working police or military dogs that are engaged in official duties at the time of the incident, or if the injured party provoked the dog.
Dog Bite Damages
There are a number of good reasons to seek damages when you have suffered a dog bite. Damages will cover your medical costs, which may include physical or vocational treatment, as well as any psychological counseling you need. Lost wages, both past and future, are covered as part of a claim. You can also receive damages for what is known as pain and suffering, which includes a broad range of impacts including aches, emotional and psychological problems, life limitations, and loss of relationships.
It may take weeks, months or even years before the full extent of your injuries is measurable, which is why it is so important to pursue damages before the statute of limitations runs out. A dog bite is a personal injury, which means the statute of limitations is two years from the date the event occurred. In the meantime, you will continue to bear the burden of paying all costs associated with the dog bite.
California Dog Bite Attorney
Maison Law provides excellence in representation to clients who have suffered from a dog bite that was not a result of provocation. A legal team, led by Martin Gasparian, will use their considerable knowledge of California personal injury law to help you fight for fair compensation when you seek damages in your case. Delaying a pursuit of damages will only result in your medical bills and lost earnings piling up.
Having an attorney on your side who can help put your case together in a way that shows you were not at fault for the injuries you suffered due to a dog bite is important. Every personal injury area requires unique knowledge and experience, which is what you will find with the team of attorneys at Maison Law.
Call Maison Law today if you have been bitten by a dog in the Visalia, Bakersfield or Fresno areas. We provide local support and understanding with big-firm legal representation.