Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic and life-altering event. California Civil Code 3342 imposes strict liability upon the owner of a dog that bites a person in a public place, or while a person is lawfully in a private place. A violation of leash laws may also require that the dog owner be responsible. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to control his or her pet. If the dog bites another person the person who was attacked is entitled to compensation. This compensation may include medical bills, pain and suffering, or any resulting disfigurement caused by the attack. Depending on the severity of the attack, surgery may be required. Plastic surgery may diminish the amount of disfigurement; however, permanent scars may be left from the procedure.
Facial scars and nerve damage are injuries that may stay with the victim of the dog attack for life which may justify large compensation. Fresno Personal Injury Attorney Gregory W. Fox knows the damage that dog bites can cause and will aggressively represent your best interests and fight for your entitled compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation if the dog did not actually bite you but you sustained injuries while trying to escape the dog’s attack. Compensation for a dog bite attack may include reimbursement for:
- Medical Bills
- Hospital Bills
- Rehabilitation Costs
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Power
- Pain and Other Physical Distress
- Psychological Suffering
- Loss of Well-being as a Consequence of Injury and Losses
If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack please contact us immediately for your free consultation, in most cases an appointment can be scheduled for the same day, (559) 222-5800.