Dog Bites-Lieber & Lieber Law Group, LLP
A dog bite can happen in a moment from a dog that is seemingly friendly, but for whatever reason, decides to bite. The CDC reports that every year, over 4 million people are bit by a dog in the United States. In California, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for the damages suffered by anyone bitten by their dog while in a public place or lawfully within a private place, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. So what that means is, you could have an otherwise friendly dog that is having a bad day and bites someone. You, as the dog owner, are responsible. There are no excuses.
If you have been bitten by a dog, there are important steps you should take to protect your interests. These steps include, but are not limited to, the following:
• One of the most important things you can do following a bite is to identify the dog. Find out who owns the dog or the address where the animal lives. Try your best to take a mental picture of the dog. If the dog bit and ran away, it may be a stray.
• Preserve evidence. Take photographs of the bite before it is treated. • Seek medical attention. Even if the bite appears minor, it is important to get it checked out by a medical professional. When skin is broken by a dog bite, it may become infected and antibiotic treatment, in addition to other medical intervention, may be necessary.
• Report the bite to the appropriate local agency in your area that deals with animal control. This may be the local health department, animal control or the police. If the dog is a stray and you cannot identify it, you may be required to undergo a series of rabies shots.
• Consult with Lieber & Lieber Law Group as soon as possible so your rights are preserved. We can ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to which may include payment for your medical treatment, reimbursement of any lost income, payment for possible cosmetic surgery, in addition to payment for your pain and suffering.
Lieber & Lieber Law Group is experienced in handling dog bite cases. Contact us to ensure your rights are protected. Visit our website CLICK HERE