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Understanding When You Can Make an Injury Claim for a Dog Bite in California

Friday, March 18th, 2022

Perhaps you have suffered a dog bite in California, or perhaps it is your dog that bit someone else, resulting in an injury.  This event may have happened on your property or elsewhere.  Now you want to know how the ability to make a claim is affected by the details of this situation.

California has a strict liability law that says the owner of a dog is responsible for injuries caused when that dog bites a person.  The ownership of the property where the bite occurred does not affect this liability.

If your dog bites someone on your property or another’s property, then you are responsible for the resulting injuries in California.  Likewise, if you are bitten by a dog on your property or on another’s property, the owner of the dog is responsible for your injuries resulting from the dog bite.  Watch the video to learn more.

If you have additional questions about dog bites or your personal injury case, I want you to call me at (559) 436-0850.  I welcome your call.  Visit our educational website at www.NunesLaw.com for more videos and media content from our law firm.

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Why Young Children are at Greater Risk for Dog Bite Injuries in California

Monday, February 21st, 2022

Our Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc personal injury lawyer in Fresno knows that it may be obvious that kids are much more vulnerable to dog bites because of their size and inability to escape when a dog attacks.

There are several other reasons why children are more susceptible to dog bites than adults, too. Since children do not have the ability to understand social cues, including when a dog is upset, angry, or threatened, they will continue to interact with the animal, which can lead to significant bites or attacks.

Dog bites are the second most frequent cause of emergency room visits in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And because of their size, their injuries are often much more severe than an adult’s, which requires both immediate and extended medical care.

If you or your child have been bitten or attacked by a dog in California, contact our experienced dog bite attorney in Fresno today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the dog’s owner liable for your full financial recovery.

Why Do Children Require Extended Medical Care for Dog Bites in California?

Since children may not be able to sense when a dog is going to bite or attack, they are often caught off guard when it happens.

By the time they can understand the danger they are in, they may already be severely injured before an adult can contain the dog.

Combined with their small stature and inability to defend themselves, dogs often bite children in the head, neck, or face, which can cause catastrophic injuries that require complex medical care and treatment to ensure scarring and disfigurement are not permanent factors.

Nearly 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery because of dog bites throughout the U.S. last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which can lead to overwhelming medical bills.

Who Can Be Held Liable For California Dog Bite Injuries?

Our California dog bite statute clearly states that the owner of any dog is liable for damages if the person bit was lawfully in a private place — including as a guest on someone’s property — or in a public place when the bite occurred.

For homeowners, our strict liability law says that even if the dog owner had no knowledge their dog would act aggressively, he or she cannot avoid liability for a dog bite and is still responsible for the damages that result.

When the dog owner is not a homeowner, but a tenant, the injured party must show the property owner knew or should have known about the tenant’s dog’s vicious tendencies, usually through prior bites, or the rental agreement that includes a pet clause. If the dog is owned by the landlord, the same homeowner’s statute applies, and he or she may be pursued for their negligence.

How Can Nunes Law Help Me Pursue the Liable Party for Financial Recovery?

If you or your child have been bitten by a dog in California, our experienced personal injury attorneys in Fresno may pursue the dog owner’s insurance coverage directly for your damages.

Even if a friend, family member, or neighbor’s dog bit your child, we may pursue their insurance coverage for your financial recovery, so you are not forced to sue them directly, which could damage your personal relationship.

Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Fresno at Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc today by calling (559) 436-0850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options to hold the dog owner accountable for your complete financial recovery.

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Who is Liable for Dog Bite Injuries in California?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

At Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc. our personal injury attorneys in Fresno understand how important dogs are to our California residents’ lives. They provide exceptional emotional and psychological support and are more like family members than they are pets.

That is why it comes as no surprise that California leads the country in the number of dog parks, vets, salons, dog-friendly hotels, and restaurants that make it easy for our faithful companions to accompany us on the go.

The problem becomes, dogs may not feel the same way about their public outings and surroundings as humans do, which can make them anxious, stressed, and even aggressive.

Over 4.5 million dog bites occur throughout the United States each year, and many can be the result of dogs accompanying its owners on errands, while they exercise, or enjoying a meal.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Fresno County, Kings County, Kern County, Madera County, Merced County, or Tulare County, our dog bite injury attorneys will outline your claim to ensure we pursue the medical care compensation you deserve for your injuries, as well as the lost income you are entitled to.

What Are Our California Dog Bite Laws?

California has strict liability laws for dog owners.

Even when the dog has never shown any signs of aggression before, their owners may be liable if the dog bites someone on public or private property.

Even if the owner does all he or she can to restrain the dog, he or she may still be responsible for any dog bite that occurs.

The dog’s owner may be released from liability if the dog bite or attack occurs when a person was illegally trespassing, committing a crime, or committing a crime against the owner.

What are My Financial Compensation Options After a California Dog Bite?

Dog bites can lead to severe, even life-threatening infections that require extended and painful treatment.

They can also require ongoing doctor’s appointments when muscles, tendons, or skin are torn, ripped, or removed by the dog’s bite to ensure they are healing properly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30,000 dog bite victims require surgery each year to reconstruct their injuries while others suffer from permanent scarring and disfigurement.

This means the financial compensation our clients may need to get their lives back on track can be substantial and include:

  • All current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and diminished working capacity
  • Psychological care and emotional therapy needs
  • Additional out of pocket expenses incurred because the dog bite

You should not have to pay these expenses out of pocket, and our dog bite attorneys in Fresno will help you learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the dog’s owner for financial compensation for your unique injury needs.

How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim in California?

Dog bite victims have two years from the date the bite or attack occurred to file a personal injury claim against the owner. If the victim was a minor, meaning under the age of 18 in California, at the time of the attack, he or she must file a personal injury claim on or before his or her 20th birthday.

If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, contact our experienced Fresno personal injury lawyers in Fresno at Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc. today by calling 559.436.0850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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