Dog Bites: Emotional and Physical Devastation


Vicious dog Being bitten or attacked by a dog can prove to be one
of the most devastating experiences of a person's life. You may find
that, after being bitten, the love that you once had for dogs suddenly
turns to fear and mistrust. The emotional and physical scarring that
result from a dog bite oftentimes requires extensive medical treatment,
scar removal or reduction and psychological counseling to restore you to
the person that you were before this unsettling event.

There are nearly 5 million Americans that are bitten each year by
dogs with almost one million causing injuries which require medical
attention.

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Victim's Rights

Vicious dog 002 In California, if you, or your child, are the victim of a dog bite or attack, you are
entitled to compensation for your hospital and medical expenses (past,
present and future), loss of earnings (past, present and future) and the
pain, suffering, fear, embarrassment and humiliation that you may have
experienced as a result of this unfortunate and often life-altering
experience. It is our job, as your attorney, to find the responsible
party or parties and seek out the available insurance coverage which is
available to compensate you. It is not uncommon for a dog owner to deny
insurance coverage for the devastation that his or her dog has inflicted
upon you. It is also not uncommon for that denial of insurance coverage
to be false for a variety of reasons.

It is our experience at the Law Offices of Lowell Steiger that many
dog owners initially deny (1) that their dog even bit or attacked the
person and/or (2) that they have an insurance policy that covers the
event. However, aggressive representation of clients in such situations
uncovers the truth and affords you the justice to which you are
entitled.

In California, there are special laws that protect the victims of dog
bite attacks. Contrary to popular belief, there is no "one free bite"
doctrine in California. In particular, California Civil Code
§3342(a)
states

Vicious dog 003 The owner of any dog is liable for the
damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a
public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of
the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or
the owner' s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon
the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section
when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon
him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of
the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation,
express or implied, of the owner.

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One comment

  1. Nice Blog. Summer time means that more kids will be playing in backyards and outside their homes. It also means greater interaction between dogs and little children. However kids are not always prepared for interacting with these unpredictable yet loving animals. That is why it is the right time to draw attention to dog bite safety among kids.