Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the United States and across California. They have a reputation for companionship and loyalty, but when neglected they can become dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 4.5 million dog bites each year. Though not all of these dog attacks result in hospital visits, some can have serious consequences. Our Redlands dog bite lawyer believes it is important that you stay informed about this risk to your family.
At Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham, our attorneys have represented Inland Empire residents since 1973. We have decades of experience that can help families recover the compensation they need. When a dog attack results in serious injuries or wrongful death, you can rely on us to help.
As mentioned before, millions of dog bites happen every year. In most cases the damage is minimal and does not require medical attention. But for those attacks that do result in serious injury, getting compensation can be hard.
Those injured in a dog attack must contend with insurance companies, local authorities and property owners. Some of these individuals may even be your neighbors. Facing these parties is an added stress that could complicate your recovery. Let our Redlands dog bite lawyer step in to handle these issues.
James F. Tierney, III's experience will guide you to the legal solutions you need. This guidance is especially important if your injury develops complications as you recover.
Dog bite injuries are unlike other types of lacerations or abrasions. These wounds can develop into other medical conditions. These ailments can last for a long time and be expensive to treat. Some of these conditions include, but are not limited to:
California has several laws in place when it comes to determining fault in a dog attack case. These laws can hold property owners, dog owners, dog handlers or even third-parties liable. The circumstances of the incident often play a role in who is responsible. California Civil Code Section 3342—which governs what liabilities a dog owner has—may even come into play when recovering compensation.
Another law that could come into play is CACI No. 405, the comparative fault rule. This regulation relates to how much responsibility each party has in an incident. Even victims can have some fault appropriated to them. Though partial responsibility for an incident will not exclude you from recovering damages, it can limit the amount of damages recoverable. Understanding this and accounting for all parties involved is critical to achieving fair results.
Those who suffer serious injury due to a dog attack may recover damages for the following:
Suffering a dog attack is often far more traumatic than many people realize. The physical and emotional pain can change your life. Do not let your pain and suffering go unaddressed. Our veteran personal injury attorney has the experience to help.
Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham focuses on the needs of its clients. Our hard work and dedication can help make your lawsuit a success. When you are in need of a Redlands dog bite lawyer, give us a call at (909) 326-2769. The initial consultation is free, so there is no risk or obligation to you.