Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and rightfully so. However, some dogs are more violent than others and may be prone to attack. When a dog bites a person, the victim can suffer from serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens for years to come. If you have been injured by a dog, you must retain the services of a skilled El Dorado County dog bite lawyer. The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes has proudly represented clients across California who’ve been wrongfully injured for decades, and our firm is ready to assist you as well. Contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today to learn more about what we can do to help.
Understanding Dog Bite Liability in California
In the state of California, Civil Code 3342(a) states that dog owners are liable for damages that are sustained by an individual that was attacked by their dog. This liability is applicable whether the attack happened in a public or lawfully private place. Additionally, “vicious propensity” is not necessary when taking action against a liable dog bite owner. You should note, however, that if the dog bite victim was unlawfully trespassing, they may not be able to bring a case against the dog’s owner.
After being attacked by a dog, what should I do?
If you were seriously injured in a dog attack, you may feel overwhelmed, scared, and uncertain of your legal options. Some of the most common injuries after a dog attack include torn skin, muscle or tendon damage, nerve damage, serious disfigurement, scarring, broken bones, and more. Immediately after the dog bite, you should clean the wound and seek medical care. You should also be sure to collect information about the dog and its owner. This information should include the dog’s vaccination history, history of aggression, type of breed, and the contact information of the owner. If anyone witnessed the attack other than yourself and the owner, you should obtain their contact information so they can corroborate your story when the time comes.
Recovering Compensation After an Attack
If the injured party can prove that the dog’s owner was negligent, they may be entitled to compensation that is both economic and non-economic in nature. Some of the damages that may be recovered can include medical expenses, lost wages, the need to hire outside help, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more. Of course, it is always best to speak with an experienced dog bite attorney to see what damages you may be eligible for.
Contact an El Dorado County Dog Bite Lawyer
If you were bitten by a dog in El Dorado County and you suffered serious injuries as a result, you must speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes has proudly represented clients across the area for decades and can help you hold the dog’s owner accountable. Contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today to learn more about how we can assist you.