California Dog Bite Lawyers
Our California dog bite lawyers at The May Firm love all kinds of animals, especially dogs. But we also understand that being bitten by one can have permanent consequences. If you’ve sustained an injury from a dog bite, call us for a free case consultation. Using your testimony and evidence, we’ll re-create the incident and identify potential causes leading up to the bite that will strengthen your case and earn you a settlement.
Payment for our services is on a contingency fee basis, meaning we’re only financially compensated if your settlement is won.
The May Firm has offices throughout California, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Fresno, Bakersfield, Carlsbad, Chula Vista and San Diego. Often times after a dog bite, clients are left needing treatment, yet don’t know where to start.
Once you hire our office, we can arrange medical treatment (commonly plastic surgeons) along with physical and psychological therapy for you by doctors who work on a lien basis.
This means you don’t pay until your case is closed, so no time is wasted in getting you the medical help you need to start your recovery. We’re able to create such partnerships to offer these services because of our case-proven record of success.
We are confident in our ability to get you reimbursed for the damages caused by a vicious animal. Usually, when attacks occur, it’s the result of improper training or supervision by the owners of the canine.
California’s geography and weather offers its residents all sorts of opportunities to get outside and exercise, making it a great place to share with a canine friend. Most dog owners understand the responsibilities they assume when owning a dog or taking it out in public, but despite the owner’s best intentions, getting bit by a dog is an everyday possibility faced by many Californians.
Even the most well behaved canine can lash out if its scared, cornered, or injured. Accidents can happen, and the perception that the bite was out of the dog owner’s control could be part of the reason why only around 1 in 5 dog bites are reported to authorities. Ultimately however, the dog is the responsibility of the owner.
If you are the victim of a dog bite that resulted from an owner’s negligence, contact The May Firm to see if you have a case.
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What To Do if You’re Bitten by a Dog
The first thing to do if bitten by a dog is to seek medical attention. Even if the dog’s teeth or claws did not break the skin, other injuries can be sustained like bruises to both bone orboth bone and muscle, or even a sprain in an attempt to fight off the animal. Seeing a medical professional is obviously important for health reasons, but it also helps strengthen your case should legal action be taken.
If the skin is broken, dog teeth will often cause a puncture wound. WebMD suggests placing a clean towel over the wound to stop any bleeding, keep the area elevated, and washing it with soap and water. Dog’s mouths can harbor a lot of bacteria, keeping the wound clean and sterile is of the utmost importance. Redness, swelling, warmth, or pus are all signs of infection, and should be addressed by a doctor as soon as possible. Certain pre-existing health conditions like diabetes or liver disease may be at a greater risk for disease.
The American Red Cross warns against chasing down or trying to capture the dog that bit you; a captured dog will most likely become frightened and attempt to fight its way to freedom. If the dog is one you do not know, it is important to get tested for diseases like rabies. The best chance of surviving rabies is if a vaccine is administered before signs of illness are apparent.
After being attacked, exchange information with the dog’s owner if they are present and you are able to. Most circumstances that involve a dog attack will also include other witnesses, and it would be wise to collect their information as well, if they are willing to share it. Testimonials from other people who saw the attack help to serve as secondary accounts of what you, your attorney, will allege happened. The May Firm will use any information available to call witnesses as well as capture a police animal control report from the authorities if they’re involved to make sure the account of the attack is accurate. Accurate reports, accounts and testimony strengthen your case and increase your chance of getting a fair settlement. California is a strict liability state, however, the issue in dog bite cases is often proving ownership of the animal, locating the owner, confirming insurance information and the assets of the owner of the animal.