Being attacked by a dog is a frightening experience. Each year, thousands of people are injured and killed as a result of an attack. in bus accidents. MCIS Lawyers understands that dog bites can be devastating and cause emotional and physical harm. If you have been attacked by a dog, contact our team and schedule a free case evaluation right away.
Dog Bite Law
Dog bites and animal attacks are common. Many attacks occur because people violate California leash law, which requires the owner to have his or her dog on a leash in a public place. Other attacks occur because the dog escaped from the yard. A lot of dog bite cases involve small children, as they are at the eye-level of the dog and viewed as easy prey, and result in bite injuries to the face, arms, and legs. In some cases, death can result due to a vicious dog attack. In one case, a young girl was invited into a friend’s house for a birthday celebration. She was sitting on a couch when the family dog was allowed into the room. The girl tried petting the dog when it bit her face requiring emergency treatment resulting in permanent scarring.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for a dog bite case is two years. That means a person has two years from the date of the attack to file a lawsuit if the case cannot be resolved beforehand.
Do I Have a Case?
There are two parts to every case. The first part is proving that someone was at fault. The second part is proving damages. To prove fault, you must prove that the attack occurred by a dog that was not restrained. When a person is injured, he or she is entitled to be compensated for the damages that have been incurred. Generally, damages fall into two categories called economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include such things as property damage, medical expenses and lost wages. Noneconomic damages include such things as pain and suffering and emotional distress. All of these damages must be related to the accident or incident. You will be required to prove by competent and credible evidence all of your damages claims.
Damages that may be recovered in a dog bite case depend on the severity of the injuries. Compensation may include the following:
• Medical Expenses
• Future Medical Expenses
• Pain and suffering
• Past and Future Lost Wages
• Property Damage
And in cases where the attack has caused death, the family of the victim is entitled to recover certain damages, called wrongful death damages.
MCIS Lawyers Can Help
Individuals that have been involved in a dog bite or families suffering from the death of a loved one should discuss their rights with MCIS Lawyers who offer a free case evaluation. Our team can help you determine if you have a case and determine the damages you are owed. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us until we obtain a favorable resolution to your case.