Premier Dog Bite Attorneys in California
At E&L, LLP, our dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles know just how traumatic it can be to have a friend, family member, or even a stranger’s dog bite or attack you without notice. The painful dog bites combined with the emotional trauma can literally and figuratively scar our residents for life, leaving their quality and enjoyment of day-to-day activities compromised. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly five million people suffered from dog bites throughout the country last year. Nearly one million of those who were bitten required medical attention, and close to another 350,000 people had a dog bite injuries so severe, they had to be admitted to a medical facility at least overnight.
When unexpected medical bills are coupled with time away from work, the lost wages and complete expenses associated with dog bites can be physically, emotionally, and financially debilitating.
Our dog bite attorneys want to help you and your family hold the liable party accountable for your full financial recovery, starting with a free consultation.
What Are the California Dog Bite Laws and How Can They Help Frame My Personal Injury Claim?
California operates under strict liability dog bite laws, which is very different than most states.
While some require a dog to have shown aggressive behavior in the past to hold the owner accountable for biting another person, California has no such requirement.
Here, the dog’s owner is still liable for the injuries their pet causes, even if they claim they did not know the animal was capable of aggressive behavior. That is true even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.
The California dog bite statute says the owner of the dog is liable for damages if the:
- Individual who was bitten was lawfully in a private place or in public
- Physical damages were caused specifically by a dog bite
The owner is responsible for all damages resulting from a dog bite, and our dog bite attorneys will pursue the maximum financial recovery for our clients after they have been injured.
Since most dog bites occur while visiting a known dog, including those at friends, family members, or even our neighbors’ homes, our experienced dog bite attorney can help remove the uncomfortable tension that comes with holding someone you know and/or love responsible for your damages.
We will pursue their homeowner’s insurance policy for the full amount required for our client’s injuries – effectively taking both parties out of the discussion.
What are the Most Common Dog Bite Injuries?
Like most personal injury cases, all dog bite injuries and the claims to support them are unique.
The injuries someone sustains during a dog attack will directly correlate to their size, the type of dog, and the circumstances in which the biting occurred.
The most common California dog bite injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Deep bruising
- Soft tissue damage
- Puncture wounds
- Torn or ripped skin
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Face and head trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Severe infections, including rabies or MRSA
Nearly 30,000 reconstructive surgery procedures were performed last year because of dog bite injuries, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which can leave our clients in substantial physical pain and suffering from significant emotional trauma.
That may include pursuing
- Emergency medical care
- Short- and long-term medical treatment
- Rehabilitation and treatment
- Lost wages and diminished working capacity
- Temporary or permanent disability
At E&L, LLP, our dog bite injury attorneys want to help our clients get their lives back, starting with pursuing the financial recovery they are entitled to, so they can fully heal.
How Can E&L, LLP Help with My Dog Bite Case?
Our senior attorneys have been nominated as Super Lawyers Rising Stars, an acknowledgment that is received by the top 2.5% of attorneys that means 97.5% of other Southern California attorneys do not qualify.
That means we are ready to take on the negligent party’s insurance company, legal advisors, or any other professionals who stand in our client’s way of obtaining the maximum recovery for their complete needs.
At E&L, LLP, our experienced dog bite attorneys can help our residents with more than just dog bite cases.
We can also handle claims involving injuries at zoos, animal parks, and other places where wild animals interact with humans, so they are not left paying their medical expenses and lost wages out of pocket.
There were over 18,000 dog bite injury claims filed with varying insurance companies throughout the country, which accounted for almost 35% of all homeowner insurance liability claims, which resulted in over $750 million in payouts to injury victims.
California ranks first in dog bite injury claims, with nearly 2,000 filed with insurance companies annually. Last year, insurance companies paid dog bite injury victims over $76 million.
When we represent dog bite injury victims, it is our goal to pursue the maximum recovery they deserve, so their future is not defined by the scars their attack left behind.
We strive to make each of our clients whole again, so they can get their lives back.
Contact Our Experienced Dog Bite Injury Attorneys at E&L, LLP Today for a Free Consultation
At E&L, LLP, our dog bite lawyers in California know exactly what it takes to pursue an effective claim against a negligent dog owner’s insurance company, so our client can get the medical care and time away from work they need to heal.
We take all eligible cases on a contingency basis, which means if we do not win your case, you do not pay our legal fees. Additionally, you will pay no upfront costs to our law firm. We simply want to provide you with the best legal experience available, so you can focus on your complete recovery.
You don’t pay until we win! That’s our guarantee.