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Dog Bites

Although domesticated creatures, dogs can nevertheless attack and cause harm. Whether abused or subject to improper training by owners, California dog bite laws maintain strict statutes that hold negligent dog owners accountable. Owners are held responsible for physical injuries as well as property damage. Such occurrences are not unheard of as, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximate the occurrence of 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year. Of those dog bite incidents, 800,000 attacks require medical attention, 386,000 require emergency treatment, while 16 lead to the death of the victim.

If you or a loved one were attacked or harmed by a dog, you may be afforded compensation for your losses. California dog bites law necessitates negligence on the owner's part in order to file suit. Meaning, if the owner was previously aware of their pet's violent nature the owner is to be held liable for the victim's damage. Similarly, if a situation where the victim did not antagonize or provoke a dog to attack, the owner is also held accountable. Dog owners are responsible for keeping their pets on leashes, in the proper confinements and in overall control. Failure to do so results in a victim's right to legal action.

In the instance you are injured by a dog in any way, there are steps you should immediately take. First, seek medical attention. It is imperative to receive the necessary treatment for your injury. Second, you must identify the dog's owner in order to receive a financial remedy. If you are unsure of the owner, utilize local residents for assistance. Alongside this step, compile as much evidence and witnesses as possible. Evidence includes photos of the incident, witness contact information and detailed accounts of the event. It is also helpful to save medical bill receipts and documentation of all costs incurred from the dog attack.

The final step in the process is seeking professional legal help from the Genesis Law Group. We will file a personal injury claim on your behalf so that you receive the compensation that justifies your injuries. Contact us to arrange a free consultation and learn more about your claim.