How long does a dog bite claim take from beginning to end?
Every case is different and unique and so that is it difficult question to answer. Generally, in most cases do you want to wait until the victim is finished his or her medical treatment and recovered fully from the injury. However, once that has occurred, cases normally can be resolved within a few months and sometimes sooner. At the Phillips Law Offices we start working on the case from day one so we can expedite the claim once our client has finished treating.
What if the dogs owner is a friend or a relative?
Under California law, it does not matter that the owner of the dog is a friend, neighbor or relative. The victim of a dog bite or attack is entitled to compensation regardless of who the owner of the dog is or who the responsible party is. This means almost always we are dealing with insurance companies. However, we are mindful of long term relationships that may exist and this is something to discuss with your attorney.
What can be done to prevent the dog from attacking again?
The dog attack should be reported to the health department and animal control, especially if the dog is not identified and is on the loose. All counties in California have county ordinances dealing with dangerous dogs and animals. Once animal control was notified, they will conduct an investigation and make a recommendation to the county prosecutor if they feel is appropriate. It is important to have an attorney assist the family of the dog bite victim at this stage of the investigation. If the dog is determined to bedangerous or vicious, the law requires that the owner take a number of protective steps and measures to protect the public.
Is the owner of the apartment complex responsible with a dog bites someone on the apartment property?
Generally, only the owner of the dog or the person responsible for controlling the dog our legally responsible for an attack. However, there are exceptions that are unique to the facts of a particular event and should be discussed in detail with an experienced dog bite lawyer.
What compensation can a dog bite victim receive for their injuries?
The victim of a dog bite is in entitled for all actual damages such as medical bills, lost wages and any other out-of-pocket expenses. The victim is also entitled compensation for any future medical bills and expenses. Additionally, there is compensation for ‘pain and suffering’ especially if there is any disfigurement or scarring.
Should I sign an insurance company release or settle my claim without speaking to a dog bite attorney?
My opinion is absolutely not. It is generally always a good idea to talk to an attorney before signing any legal document. And since most attorneys do not charge for the initial consultation, it will not cost you anything. In our experience, Insurance companies often offer less money anything the claim is worth especially if the victim does not have an attorney. Most attorneys we'll give you an honest appraisal of your situation and explain your rights and options.
What geographical area does the Phillips Law Office Serve ?
We have offices in Nevada City and Roseville and we serve clients from the central valley to the sierra foothills including Lake Tahoe. We accept cases in Nevada County, Placer County, El Dorado County, Yuba County, Sutter County, Sierra County, Plumas County and Butte County. Many of our clients are from out of the area and we leverage technology to have daily communications. We also understand the clients often times have difficulty traveling to our offices, and we will gladly travel to your home or other convenient location.
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If you have additional questions or you would like to discuss something in more detail, please feel free to give me a call at 530-265-0186. I'm committed to helping dog bite injury victims and their families- which starts with explaining fully your rights and options. Look forward to hearing from you.