Each year, more than 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. Half of this number are children between five and nine years of age. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), one out of five bites causes an injury that requires immediate medical attention.
Dog bites can cause severe laceration injuries, especially to children who are under the age of 10. Each year, damages awarded in connection to dog bites in the United States amount to more than $2 billion. Victims of dog bites face many challenges after an attack. If you have been attacked by a dog and have suffered injuries, Avrek Law Firm’s dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles can help you take the next steps to resolve your accident claim.
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California Dog Bite Law
In some states, the law requires that, in order to be a victim, the defendant has to prove that the dog attacked or set upon someone else in the past. However, in California, this doesn’t apply. California law provides that the dog owner has strict liability when their dog attacks and bites a person.
This implies that a dog doesn’t have to be known as “dangerous” in order to prove a case. Once evidence shows that the dog attacked and bit someone, that person can be awarded damages for the bodily and emotional harm caused by the dog.
Importance of a Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorney
Dog attacks can be traumatic, and leave victims with physical, emotional and psychological damage. Major medical intervention is usually necessary to recover from an animal attack, and time away from work and loss of quality of life can occur for the victim. When an attack results in injury, victims have the right to pursue legal action against the dog’s owner.
Avrek Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys offer representation to victims to help recover the maximum compensation for any damages caused by an animal attack, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We proudly serve Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, including Pasadena, Burbank and Beverly Hills. For a free case consultation and to discuss your course of action, call our office or complete the online form today.