According to Montebello Municipal Code, dog bites and dog attacks are required to be reported to Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (‘SEAACA‘). SEEACA reports that there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites per year in the United States and approximately 50% of those attacks involve children 12 years old and younger. Montebello dog attack attorneys know that injuries as a result of a dog attack can be devastating and very costly for people of any age.
California law provides for strict liability in dog bite cases meaning that the dog owner is liable for resulting injuries and damages under the following circumstances:
Depending on the victim’s injuries, recoverable damages may include, but are not limited to past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, and pain and suffering. When injuries are severe, multiple surgeries and substantial future medical care may be required to repair damage to skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Under California law, in some dog attack cases, bystander witnesses to the dog attack may be entitled to recover for emotional distress that they have suffered as a result of witnessing the attack. A bystander may be entitled to recover when the following elements exist:
Insurance companies represent the defendant in the majority of dog bite claims. An insurance company’s single goal is to pay out as little as possible in exchange for a waiver of liability. It is important to consult with an attorney before accepting any settlement to make sure that you are being fully compensated for injuries and damages.
In order to reduce instances of dog bites, SEAACA recommends dog owners take the following actions:
To schedule a consultation for a potential dog bite claim, contact a Montebello dog attack attorney with The Hayes Law Firm. Our attorneys are experienced insurance negotiators and trial attorneys who will advocate for a full and fair recovery for you and your family.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.