Dog Bite Incidents are on the rise. One reason for this is that more and more people are taking their dogs out in public, where years before, dogs mainly stayed at home, in a fenced yard. As the dog has been more accepted into our everyday social life, we sometimes fail to remember that Fido is still an animal, with instincts that can’t always be controlled.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog you may be able to sue the dog owner in a personal injury lawsuit. If this is the case, consider hiring an Orange County dog bite attorney who is familiar with both state and local laws which govern dog owner’s rights and responsibilities. Each city or jurisdiction may have it’s own regulations regarding dog bite law.
The dog owner may be liable for injuries their dog may have caused. Sometimes there are exceptions, however. If the dog bite victim was on private property without permission, this could be trespassing. Another exception might be that the victim caused a dog to become upset, inciting an into attack. In these instances, the dog owner might not be at fault.
If the dog owner’s actions contributed to the attack, you may be able to file a lawsuit for negligence For instance: the owner was aware of the fact that the dog was dangerous and did not take necessary steps to prevent the dog bite attack. Another example would be the dog’s owner disregard of public safety and intentionally or mistakenly leaves a door or gate, open or does not use a leash where required to do so by by law.
Generally speaking, a settlement is the goal after a dog bite attack. You will need to hire an experienced dog bite attorney who will gather all the facts, review any evidence and make a determination as to the best way to handle your possible dog bite lawsuit. The first step may be a demand letter. The demand letter includes details of your dog bite injuries, the circumstances of the attack, and the intention to file a lawsuit. It should also specify any settlement amount you may be requesting from the other party in order to avoid a trial in the court. For a consultation about your dog bite injury, contact the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Dawson. Jeff has handled dog bite lawsuits in Orange County with excellent outcomes. Contact him today at 949/861-2191 to schedule your initial consultation in his Irvine office.