Injuries sustained from a dog bite can be not only extremely painful, but also disfiguring. A dog bite can cause significant damage to the skin and can require extensive plastic or reconstructive surgery.
Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie has worked closely with the Orange County medical community for over 40 years and we can refer you to the most adept surgeons and specialists in their fields to ensure you receive the best possible health outcome.
Dog bites can also be psychologically traumatizing, as victims often suffer from residual fear long after the dog attack. Many attacks are unprovoked, leaving the victim feeling that such an attack will occur again. Our office has an extensive network of therapists to whom we can refer our clients, and our dog bite attorneys are proficient at ensuring you will be compensated for such treatment.
California and Orange County laws are designed to protect citizens from dog bites by making dog owners strictly liable and even a child who provokes a dog may not be held liable. Under California Civil Code Section 3342, the owner, possessor, or harborer of a dog is automatically liable for a dog bite, regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the animal’s aggressive tendencies or past attacks.
What should you do if a dog or other animal has injured you? Here are a few tips to consider:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Contact the police and animal control about your injury and request a copy of these reports
- Obtain the name and contact information of the dog’s owner
- Attempt to get the names and contact information of any witnesses
- Photograph the animal responsible, the area where the attack occurred, and your injuries
- Keep clothing, personal property or other items damaged in the attack
If you've been injured in an accident as a result of someone else's negligence, we urge you to contact us immediately to learn how to protect your rights, preserve critical evidence and obtain necessary medical treatment. Our personal injury attorneys have won over hundreds of million dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the past 40 years.
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