As humans, most of us understand the countless joys dogs bring into our lives. Whether as an emotional support animal or also simply a pet, we first and foremost see dogs for all the incredible happiness that they give. We rely on them for strength, assistance, and pure fun. So, when a dog does unexpectedly harm a human, it always can truly be a complete shock. While it is not considered normal behavior to us, a dog bite or any type of attack from a dog, is a straight forward reminder that they are animals – animals that can be triggered to assault when they feel threatened. Sometimes a dog bite comes from a dog with a history of previous aggression, but of course it’s not unusual for a dog to bite someone for the very first time much later in their life. In other words, a dog attack is one of those unpredictable, and less common, events that still requires a victim to evaluate and take immediate action following the assault. It’s understandable that not all dog bites demand rapid professional medical attention – perhaps your friend or neighbor’s dog that you know well just nipped your skin causing some sort of small, non-infectious scratch. Beyond that however, if you are the victim of a dog bite that does ultimately require any level of professional care, you have the basic right to proper compensation and it is in your best interest to contact a Santa Monica dog bite lawyer that will fight for you on your behalf.
Following any type of a dog bite, it is imperative to seek medical attention and evaluation immediately – because even smaller bites can lead to a serious infection. Once you have found proper care, shortly after you should contact a qualified attorney who has previous experience with dog bite cases. At Injury Law Firm, we are here to support you through this kind of traumatic experience, and ultimately remove the legal burdens in the aftermath. A confident attorney can deeply analyze and study the evidence at hand in order to help you build a strong case against your assault from the said dog. While the state of California holds dog owners liable for any harm their dogs cause, it’s important to take initiative as the victim to start building your case as soon as possible. We can help you gather all details necessary so that you can establish liability of the dog owner. Working with an attorney is important when it comes to specific elements of a case, because in some situations, if an owner is not present when the dog bite happens, they may try to fight the accusation. It’s also important to understand that even if the dog doesn’t have any history of violence, you still have the full right to press charges against the dog’s owner. Additionally, even if your medical treatment for the bite is a lower end cost, we can help you seek compensation for the pain and suffering from the owner that this tragic event has caused. Given there are many details to navigate through this process from an already overwhelming experience, don’t hesitate to contact a competent dog bite lawyer.