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IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE HAS BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, CALL 911 AND THEN CALL FARAHI LAW FIRM RIGHT AWAY.

We can help you get the medical treatment you need and the maximum compensation you deserve.

Don’t worry about fees. We will not charge you anything unless we win — and we will. Call Farahi Law’s expert personal injury lawyers for your FREE Consultation. Available 24/7

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Experienced Panorama Dog Bite Attorneys

Dogs are a joy to have around, and more often than not, they’re loved by all. But this can change if they are not properly trained, or socialized. Lack of training or socialization can lead to aggressive behavior when they are in an unfamiliar situation, which is the case for many dog bite attacks. 

Depending on the severity of the bite, these injuries can affect dog bite victims in many ways, such as their quality of life, developed emotional trauma, permanent injuries, and much more. 

If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite accident, our Panorama dog bite attorneys are here to ensure you receive the right medical treatment you need, guide you through your bite injury claim, and fight to get you the maximum compensation for your damages.

Avoid Risky Situations

If you want to avoid being attacked by a dog, reading a dog’s body language can be helpful. Like people, dogs rely on body gestures, posture, and vocalizations to express themselves and communicate. If you pay attention, you can notice whether a dog is feeling stressed, frightened, or threatened.

The American Veterinary Medical Association also recommends avoiding petting a dog in these scenarios:

  • If the dog is not with its owner
  • If the dog is with its owner, but the owner does not give permission to pet the dog
  • If the dog is on the other side of a fence—​do not reach over a fence to pet a dog!
  • If a dog is sleeping or eating
  • If a dog is sick or injured
  • If a dog is resting with her puppies or seems very protective of her puppies while anxious about your presence
  • If a dog is playing with a toy
  • If a dog is growling or barking
  • If a dog appears to be hiding or seeking time alone

Remember that any dog can bite, and most dog attacks are preventable. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked.

Damages You Can Recover in a Dog Bite Injury Claim

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Panorama, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Damages in such cases include:

  • Medical costs
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological damage
  • Loss of income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • And pain and suffering.

In the case the dog bite was fatal, we are deeply sorry for your loss, but you must seek justice and file a wrongful death claim. You are entitled to damages. Contact an experienced dog bite attorney immediately to help guide you through your personal injury claim.

Also, all the delivery men, postmen, and mail carriers that were bitten by dogs can claim workers’ compensation. This benefit gives them medical treatment and temporary disability benefits. 

Possible Dog-Bite Injuries

As every animal attack is different, your injuries are unique. According to Vet Candy, dog bites are ranked as the 13th cause for nonfatal emergency visits in America. Here’s a list of the most common nonfatal dog bite-related injuries:

  • Contusion
  • Abrasion
  • Hematoma
  • Laceration
  • Puncture
  • Infection
  • Unspecified dog bite

Other Possible and More Traumatic Injuries

  • Deep scarring
  • Contusion
  • Nerve damage and lasting paralysis
  • Loss of vision
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Infection
  • Amputation
  • Crush
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture and broken bones
  • Rabies, MRSA, hepatitis, and Pasteurella
  • Avulsion
  • Lingering emotional and psychological trauma

Most Commonly Injured Body Parts

Each dog bite attack is different; the site of the bite will depend on what happened in the situation. At least 1 in 5 dog bite victims will require professional medical care, and approximately 27,000 of those will need reconstructive surgery to recover fully. 

According to the CDC, most dog bite injuries occurred in the arm/hand, which made up 45.3% of dog bite cases, with 18.2% of these cases affecting the hand. The second most commonly injured body part was the leg or the foot, making up 25.8% of bite-related attacks. The last most commonly injured body part was the head/neck making up 22.8% of cases; the face was the most frequently injured body part in this area.

The damages incurred from a dog bite attack can become a financial burden thanks to medical bills and more. Severe injuries can cause a victim to incur a loss of income during the time it takes them to heal from their injuries. 

That is why it is important to file a personal injury claim to hold the at-fault party responsible and receive the financial compensation you need and deserve. 

Contact a Panorama Dog Bite Injury Lawyer to hold the pet owner responsible, and to protect your rights against insurance adjusters who seek to lowball you.

Protect your Rights After a Dog Bite Injury

Knowing what to do after an accident or the attack of an animal is crucial. Your actions will help you get not only the best healthcare but a satisfactory settlement. Remember that your well-being, as of those whom you love, is the first to take in mind.

When a dog bite takes place, follow these steps:

  • Call 911 and report the incident.
  • Seek medical treatment. Some dog bite injuries could be fatal.
  • Write down the dog owner’s information (name, phone number, and address. If it is possible, get their insurance information too)
  • If there were witnesses, ask for their information (name, phone number, address)
  • Photograph the injuries before they are treated
  • Write down everything you remember about the incident. This will be useful to support your case. 
  • Keep track of all your expenses, such as hospital bills, transportation, and lost wages.
  • Report the incident to the Panorama City Animal Control Unit. 
  • Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer.
Who Is the Responsible Party in Dog-Bite Injuries?

Section 3342 of California’s Civil Code specifies that the owner of any dog is liable for the damages any person suffered who was bitten:

  • In a public place
  • In a private place (including the property of the owner)

Dogs that are performing military and police services are the exception to this law. Also, you should know that the dog owner is only liable if the damage is caused by a dog bite, but not by any other form of attack.

As the injured party, you can file a claim against negligent dog owners as long as you were not trespassing on private property when the incident happened. They could argue that you provoked the dog into biting you. Nevertheless, this defense does not apply in cases involving children under the age of 5.

Why Do I Need a Dog Bite Injury Attorney?

If you’ve been bitten by a dog and are having second thoughts about filing a claim, remember that you are entitled to compensation. Talking to insurance companies while dealing with emotional distress and physical injuries can be confusing and exhausting. 

An insurance adjuster will always try to cheat you out of fair compensation. Hiring a personal injury lawyer improves your chances of getting a fair settlement.

At Farahi Law Firm, we are here for you in this challenging and complicated time. Our experienced lawyers will work hard to get the justice you deserve. Your case will be our priority.

Contact Farahi Law Firm

Have you been injured by a dog in Panorama City? You must contact an expert Panorama City Dog Bite Attorney immediately. At Farahi Law Firm we have experienced attorneys that will help you get justice. 

Contact us today at (818) 949-1881 for a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We are available 24/7.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I file a claim if a Dog Bit me when I was Petting it?

Yes, you can file a claim as long as you were not provoking or harassing the dog.

If another person's dog kills my pet, can I file a lawsuit?

Yes, you are entitled to property damages. The compensation may include the purchase price of a similar pet, registration of a purebred animal, licensing, shots, and training costs.

How long will it take to resolve my claim?

It depends on the severity of your injuries and their healing process. We want to be aware of any potential damages before entering into a settlement negotiation.

Can I make a legal claim if a stray dog bit me?

No; you do not have a claim.  However, if the dog is being kept at the local pound and escapes and bites you, you may have a claim against the pound for negligence.

If I have to sue the insurance company, how do I pay for legal services?

At Farahi Law Firm, we have a strict policy that our clients don’t have to pay a fee until we win. Call us today for your free case review.

IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE HAS BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, CALL 911 AND THEN CALL FARAHI LAW FIRM RIGHT AWAY.

We can help you get the medical treatment you need and the maximum compensation you deserve.

Don’t worry about fees. We will not charge you anything unless we win — and we will. Call Farahi Law’s expert personal injury lawyers for  your FREE Consultation. Available 24/7

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