Dogs can bring people a lot of joy and companionship, but they can also cause serious injury. A dog bite can be painful and terrifying for the victim. At Maison Law, we love our dogs, but we also believe that owners have the responsibility to keep those around their dogs safe.
If they don’t, we will stand with the victim to get justice and the compensation they deserve.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dogs have sharp teeth than can sink into a person’s flesh, muscle and bone and cause serious and lasting injuries. Dogs also carry disease and this can also be transferred to the victim. At Maison Law, we understand the law and know the extent of injury and damage a dog can cause their victim. We know that each case is not the same, and we have experience in all sorts of dog bite injuries.
Some of the most common injuries to a dog bite victim are:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Face Injuries
- Permanent Disability
- Emotional Scars
- Disease (Rabies, Tapeworm, Roundworm, Hookworm)
Children’s Dog Bite Injuries
A child is especially vulnerable to a dog attack because children will go right up to them to pet and play, and dogs can become aggressive or territorial and then lash out of the child. The attack can leave lasting physical and emotional scars on the child.
At Maison Law, we understand how difficult a dog attack can be to a child and we will work with the family to get justice and to make the process as painless as possible for the child.
Dog Bite Claims
In some states, when a dog bites someone, the owner isn’t liable if he or she didn’t know that their dog was likely to bit. This is called the “one bite rule” because if meant that after the first bite, the owner is now aware that the dog has the potential to be aggressive.
However, In California, when a dog bites someone, the owner is responsible for any injuries even if the dog hadn’t shown any aggressive tendencies nor bitten anyone before. This is called a strict liability law, and it means that the victim doesn’t have to show that the owner did anything wrong but just that their dog bit the victim, and the victim sustained injuries.
However, there are some required conditions that must be present before liability can be determined.
- The victim must have been in a public place or invited to a private place when bitten, and
- The victim must not have provoked the dog into the attack.
Depending on the severity of the wounds, and any permanent damage to the victim, the law allows for certain damages that are intended to help the victim recover from the accident both physically and financially.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer.
After any dog bite injury in the Merced area, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and the personalized attention to detail their case deserves.