Dog Bites

Los Angeles, California

Nearly five million people suffer from dog bites in the United States each year, yet only a small fraction of these victims ever seek compensation for their injuries. This may be due to a fear of retribution from a neighbor or out of a desire to protect a family member or friend, but when dog bites result in medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional duress, victims deserve justice.

In the state of California, dog bites are a strict liability issue. This means that under all circumstances, if you are attacked by a dog, it is the owner’s responsibility. However, this does not mean that the owner will be responsible for covering your damages. In fact, most homeowner policies cover dog bites, eliminating the strain taking legal action can have on a relationship.

Don’t get confused, though. Just because homeowners insurance often covers dog bites does not mean they will properly compensate you for your injuries. The only way to get the full compensation you deserve is by taking legal action. Manhattan Beach personal injury attorney Mickey Fine can assess your claim and help you determine all that you may be entitled to.

Why Take Legal Action

Dog bites often result in serious personal injury such as:

  • Disfigurement
  • Puncture wounds
  • Deep lacerations
  • Bacterial or viral infections

These issues may result in both immediate and long term medical care, an inability to work, and, in severe cases, death. Even seemingly minor dog bites can result in physical pain and a lifetime of emotional suffering, both of which need to be taken into account when you are seeking a fair settlement for your injuries.

Insurance companies may seem willing to pay for your damages, but they will never offer as much as you can get through legal action. Before you accept a settlement offer from an insurance company, talk to our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer about what your case is really worth.

If you or a loved one has been attacked by an uncontrolled animal in Los Angeles or Manhattan Beach, California, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine today to schedule a free initial case evaluation.