Personal Injury / Civil Litigation
An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year and nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care. If you have been injured in a dog bite accident, you could be entitled to recover damages for your losses.
California applies “strict liability” when dogs attack and injure others. This means that there is no such thing as “one bite rule” or disputed liability. The dog owner is “strictly liable” for the injuries caused by their dog. The law does not allow for a dog owner to dispute who was at fault. The dog owner is automatically responsible to pay for your damages.
There are many types of wounds that may occur from a dog bite or dog attack. Some of the most common injuries caused by dog bites are:
- Puncture wounds
This list deals only with physical wounds. In addition to these there is the chance that a dog bite victim may have a severe mental reaction to the event and suffer emotionally. If the victim is a young child the chance of a long lasting fear of dogs, fear of leaving the house and separation anxiety are even higher.
Scarring is also a serious injury that occurs from dog bites. The most frequent target of dog attacks is in the face, including the lips, nose, and cheeks, causing approximately 44,000 facial injuries seen in the United States hospitals per year. These wounds can result in disfiguring scars that can have lifelong consequences from both a physical and emotional standpoint, especially in children. Additionally, facial scars and scars on other parts of the body can require repeated painful and expensive plastic surgeries to try to reduce or remove the scar.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog attack, you may be entitled to:
- Payment for past and future medical treatment expenses, including mental health treatment
- Loss of past and future income and earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Other expenses caused by the dog bite or dog attack
If you or a loved one has been bitten by any dog breed in California, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Garry Barbadillo. Our experienced California dog bite attorneys are prepared to defend your rights when owners have allowed their dogs to cause you, your child or loved ones harm. When the negligent party refuses to take responsibility for his or her actions, we have the litigation techniques necessary to hold them accountable. We can take your case from beginning to end and fight aggressively to help you collect damages.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Garry Barbadillo are committed to helping you achieve fair compensation for your claim. Our attorneys have been helping dog bite victims in San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, and all over South Bay Area obtain justice from negligent people as well as insurance companies.
Due to the deadlines for filing injury claims, it is important that you meet with a California dog bite attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. Contact us online or call (408) 772-5469 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.