Dog Bite Injury FAQs
Our lawyers have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions about dog bite injuries. If you were involved in a Orange County dog bite injury and have a question, browse through our site to find the answer, or simply contact us and we will provide you with a comprehensive answer.
- Are there any benefits to settling my Orange County dog bite claim outside of court?
- I was attacked and bitten by my neighbor’s dog. If I decide to pursue a dog bite injury claim in Orange County, how much can I expect to recover from the dog’s owner?
- After someone is bitten by a dog in Orange County, what happens to the dog?
- What steps should I take to protect my rights if I’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog in Orange County?
- Could my child or I suffer from emotional trauma after a California dog bite incident?
- Could I be the one legally responsible for my California dog bite injury?
- Can you get tetanus from a dog bite?
- When it comes to California dog bite laws, what is strict liability?
- I’m concerned about an aggressive dog in our neighborhood. How common are dog bites in Orange County?
- What should my child do if she is attacked by a dog?
I Was Bitten by a Dog. The Owner of the Dog Is Completely Liable for My Medical Bills, Right?
Generally speaking, that is correct; however there are exceptions. The owner may not be held liable if:
- The dog bite victim provoked the dog.
- The dog bite victim was trespassing on the property of the dog owner.
- The dog bite victim was committing a crime at the time of the dog bite.
In addition, licensed veterinarians are typically precluded from filing suit to recover damages from a dog bite.
What about the Liability of Others?
There are circumstances in which some individual or entity other than the dog owner may be at fault. As best explained by an Orange County dog bite injury lawyer, liability may extend to those who knew that a dog was dangerous and were negligent in maintaining custody, such as:
What Steps Should I Take if I Have Been the Victim of a Dog Bite?
Immediately seek medical attention. Document the identity of the owner and the circumstances of the incident, including where exactly the incident occurred. For instance, were you on public property or were you legally on private property? If possible, take pictures of your injuries.
What Damages Can I Recover?
The responsible party is liable for your medical bills, both past and present, lost wages, any personal property loss, and pain and suffering.
What if the Owner Is My Friend? I Don’t Want to Sue Him.
In many cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy covers dog bites, so there may be no need to enter into litigation.
Contact an Orange County Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Do not minimize the seriousness of a dog bite. Be sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Call Russell & Lazarus at (800) 268-9228.