Experienced & Trusted Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member has been involved in a dog bite incident, you probably have questions. Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be very traumatic and injuries can be serious. It is not uncommon that the dog or pet owner is defensive and does not want to provide any details or information from whether their dog is vaccinated to insurance information to pay for emergency bills. Talking to an experienced injury lawyer can help provide answers fast and help you or the family member move forward. Speaking to a dog bite attorney can help you evaluate your options and understand your rights. At Phillips Law Offices, we can handle all of the communication with the dog owner and their insurance company giving you a measure of peace of mind.
Actions to Take right After a Dog Bite
Dog bites often happen very quickly and are unexpected. Most dog bites happen unexpectedly because many people are unaware of the dog’s body language. The Center for Disease Control reports that every year approximately 4.7 million people are bit in the United States. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, there are several important steps you must take to ensure your physical recovery as well as protect your future legal claims. These steps include:
why you should talk with an experienced dog bite lawyer
The simple truth is that insurance companies will go great lengths to deny any responsibility, then after delays, 'low ball' any settlement offer. The insurance company is not on your side and not looking out for you or your families best interest. While not every dog bite incident requires a lawyer, it is always a good idea to talk with one before making any important decision.
overview of dog bite laws
Unfortunately, California ranks #1 in the nation for the highest number of dog bites ranging from minor to very severe. An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year and nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care. The U.S. Postal Service tracks dog bites against carriers and typically reports around 3,000 incidences annually. Although dog bite laws very from state to state, California has enacted dog bite statutes under which a dog owner can be found strictly liable for injuries caused by his dog.
steps of the dog bite legal process
If you or a family member are one of the thousands of people bitten by a dog each year, you may have grounds to seek compensation for your damages and injury through the legal process. However, without a good attorney this process can be overwhelming.
dog bite faq's
It’s not uncommon for people to hesitate before deciding to call an injury lawyer after being bitten by a dog. Maybe they don’t know if their injuries are serious enough, or maybe worries about their relationship with the animal owner who happens to be a neighbor. But speaking to a dog bite attorney can help you evaluate your options and understand your rights. A good starting point might be to review some common FAQ's, and please do not hesitate to contact us to talk in more detail or if you have other questions.
dog bite information & resources
Suggested books and articles for dog bite victims, their family members and friends. Whether your looking for answers to your legal questions or in search of dog bite resources, we are here to help.