While dogs are man’s greatest companion, they can also turn aggressive and bite unsuspecting victims. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, you may be wondering how much dog bite cases settle for. Wells Call Injury Lawyers is here to help you.
California Civil Code 3342 is the California dog bite statute. Under this statute, dog owners are held strictly liable for dog bites. This means that unless the victim provoked the dog, the dog owner is 100% responsible for any injuries caused by their dogs. When a dog owner is held strictly liable, they must compensate victims whether or not their dogs showed signs of aggression prior to the incident. While the statute holds dog owners strictly liable, there are exceptions. These include:
Unless one of the above exceptions exists, a dog owner will be required to compensate the victim for their dog’s actions.
What you do after your dog bite can significantly affect your health and your future case.
Whether you decide to call 911 at the incident scene or visit an emergency room or physician after the fact, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your health is most important. Dog bites can result in minor or severe injuries, and it is best to get yourself checked out to avoid further complications.
If possible, gather information at the scene of the incident, including:
The more information you collect, the more this can help your case.
You are required to report a dog bite to local health officials for your safety and the safety of others. Dogs are typically quarantined for ten days following the bite to ensure they do not have rabies. Calling your local animal control is an extremely important part of documenting your claim. Please don’t skip this step.
It is in your best interest to contact a lawyer after a dog bite. An attorney can handle your case and work with you to get you the compensation you need after suffering a dog bite injury. Do not hesitate to contact a California dog bite lawyer as soon as possible.
No two dog bite cases are the same. Therefore, there is no “average” settlement for dog bite cases in California. Several factors may affect the value of your case and how much you may be able to settle for. Your attorney will review the details of your case, calculate how much your particular case is worth, and work diligently to get you fair compensation.
Many factors play a role in determining how much a dog bite case is worth. Depending on your particular case, your attorney will consider these and other significant factors when deciding how much your case is truly worth.
Dog bites and the resulting injuries can range from mild to serious. Details to consider include:
The more serious the injury, the more your case is worth.
The victim’s age is always considered in dog bite cases. This is because adults typically know better than children, and children are less likely to be able to defend themselves. Children may also be scarred for life and suffer long-term effects after a dog attack. Younger victims often recover more than adults.
Dog bites can result in long-term ailments or disabilities. When a dog bite case results in long-term issues, these cases are often valued higher because of greater expenses incurred in the future.
The damages available to you will depend on your case. Generally, damages for dog bite cases include:
Your attorney will calculate the appropriate damages and fight for your right to compensation.
While in many cases dog bite victims will be able to recover for their injuries, you forfeit your right to compensation if you file your claim past the statutory time limit.
A statute of limitations limits the amount of time a plaintiff has to file their lawsuit. In California, the statute of limitations for a dog bite is two years from the date of the incident. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the two-year period, you will not be able to receive any of the compensation you would have usually been entitled to.
Don’t risk the statute of limitations running out on you. Contact a California dog bite lawyer right away.
Wells Call Injury Lawyers has over 30 years of experience helping injured clients when they need us most. Our team provides a compassionate approach while fighting aggressively for your right to compensation. We strive to be communicative and easily reached, giving our clients peace of mind while handling their case. Our firm offers free case evaluations. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case.