Sacramento Dog Bite Lawyer
Are Owners Liable For Dog Bites? Call to Discuss Your Injuries.
More than 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year -
close to 800,000 of which require medical attention. Children are especially
vulnerable to serious injuries, which can cause permanent physical and
emotional scarring. At The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen, our Sacramento
dog bite attorney can help you hold dog owners responsible for their negligence.
California's Dog Bite Laws - Who Is Responsible for Your Injury?
In the state of California, the laws concerning owner liability are very
strict. Other states have "one bite rules" and disputed liability
allowances, but California dog owners are considered at fault and are
required to pay for damages if another person is attacked. There are also
special allowances in cases of
child injury. As long as the attack was not provoked, injured victims can seek damages
from the dog owner.
Proving a dog bite claim requires:
- Showing that you were bit while lawfully on the premise (not trespassing)
- The dog caused injuries
An experienced attorney can help you evaluate your claim to determine your
sources of compensation and whether you are eligible to file a claim.
What Should I Do After Being Bitten by a Dog?
The first step, of course, should be to obtain immediate medical care-but
there are some other steps you should take as well, including:
Document your injuries thoroughly by taking pictures, keeping written records, and obtaining
your medical history. This could be a crucial part of your injury claim.
Contact your local
police department and Animal Control to let them know about the attack.
Discuss your case with a
Sacramento dog bite attorney.
The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen, our Sacramento dog bite lawyer can help you take action after your injury
to secure compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. In
some cases, the injuries caused by the attacking dog may be covered by
insurance such as if the owner has homeowners' or renters' insurance
coverages. This is not always the case. In any scenario, however, you
can rely on our firm to research every possible source of coverage.
Dog Bite FAQ:
If you were recently bitten by a dog, you probably have a lot of questions
about what will happen (both to you and the dog) and what your next steps
should be. Our experienced dog by attorney is here to
answer your questions:
Is it Mandatory to Report a Dog Bite in California? The only time you are mandated by California law to report a dog bite
is if the dog is believed to have had rabies or resides in a declared
"rabies area" (California Code §2606). However, even if
you are not required by law to report a dog bite incident, that doesn't
mean that you should keep quiet about it! By reporting a dog bite to the
relevant authorities you ensure that other potential victims are kept
safe. If the bite was inflicted by a friend's dog or a family pet
it can be tempting to keep this information to yourself, but at the end
of the day the safety of those around you is much more important.
Do Doctors Have To Report Dog Bites? Health professionals may record and report dog bite wounds for the sake
of keeping the spread of rabies under control since reporting a dog bite
is mandatory for cases that involve rabies. However, their primary concern
is to provide you with appropriate medical care first and foremost.
What Happens After a Dog Bite is Reported? Once a dog bite is reported an animal control officer will often interview
the victim and investigate the dog within 24 hours. Often a dog will be
quarantined until it is proved to be clean of rabies. Whether or not the
dog will be taken away and quarantined or quarantined in their owner's
home will depend on how at risk they are determined to be for carrying
rabies. This quarantine period will typically last up to 10 days and is
declared over by the animal control officer. A dog that is found to be
rabid will be put down, while a cleared dog will usually be returned to
its owners. Regardless of whether or not the dog that bit you was rabid,
you are still eligible to file a lawsuit against the owner for their failure
to prevent the bite in the first place.
Don't see an answer to your question above? Reach out to our office
today to schedule a free consultation with our dog bite lawyer!
Put Decades of Experience in Your Corner
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, secure the injury advocacy
you need from
The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen. Call today for a
complimentary consultation. We are committed to
aggressively and effectively serving our clients, utilizing our years of personal injury
law advocacy experience on your behalf.