When Someone You Love Is Attacked By A Dog
Dog attacks can cause devastating injuries and extreme emotional trauma. If you or a loved one was a victim of an aggressive dog, contact The Ellis Firm, APLC. Our personal injury lawyers help dog bite victims across Southern California pursue compensation and justice for the horrific harm they have suffered.
California Has Strict Liability Laws For Dog Bites
In California, a dog owner whose dog bites or attacks another person is strictly liable for the resulting injuries and damages. If you or a loved one, including your child, has been attacked or bitten by a dog or another vicious animal, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and emotional distress and suffering.
Homeowners’ insurance typically provides compensation for these claims. We are experienced in handling these cases even where there is an exclusion in the dog owner’s insurance policy for a dog bite incident. We believe that if you are injured by someone else’s dog, he or she is responsible, and you should be compensated for your pain and suffering, even if that person is a friend or family member.
Even if you are hesitant to pursue a personal injury case, contact us to discuss your situation. Making an inquiry with an attorney will not obligate you to pursue legal action, but it may give you a different perspective.
Serious Injuries Resulting From Dog Bites
Depending on the severity of the attack, dog bites can cause serious injuries such as:
- Deep lacerations from teeth and claws
- Torn skin, which may require skin grafting
- Extensive damage to the muscle and soft tissue
- Damage to blood vessels and nerves
- Head and neck injuries
- Eyes and face injuries
- Lung damage or even lung collapse if the attack involved the rib cage
- Disfigurement and scarring
The wounds are often horrific, and the psychological damage can last a lifetime.
Dog Bites On Children
Sadly, young children are often the victims in dog attacks. Their curious nature, small size and inability to read animals’ body language makes them more vulnerable. And because they’re unable to fight back, the injuries can be extensive, leading to permanent disfigurement.
Our lawyers know how to handle these tragic cases involving children. We can help you pursue compensation not only for your child’s medical bills and pain and suffering, but also for the lifelong impact of the dog attack on their physical appearance and emotional well-being.
What To Do After A Dog Attack
What should you do after a dog bite attack?
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible
- Identify the dog that bit you
- Report the dog bite attack to police
- Take photographs of the dog bite injuries
After you have been treated for your injuries, it is important that you contact an experienced dog bite attorney at the The Ellis Firm, APLC, because you need someone to act on your behalf while you recover.
Representing Victims Of Dog Attacks
Being attacked by a dog and suffering a dog bite can be a horrifying and painful event which can result in serious injuries. Many times, the injuries occur on the face or head, and there can be permanent scarring. Children who are victims of dog bites often suffer a greater emotional impact because the attack may stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Dalmatians, Chows, German Shepherds and Retrievers are some of the most common breeds of dogs that attack people. If you work in one of these jobs, you could be more likely to suffer a dog bite injury:
- Package and letter carriers
- Pizza delivery
- Construction worker
- Maintenance worker
- Real estate agent
Contact Our Dog Injury Attorneys
Contact our dog bite lawyers online or call 951-289-0628 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled dog bite attorneys. Our law firm operates offices in Temecula, El Centro and San Diego, and our lawyers represent clients in Corona, Murrieta, Fallbrook and many other cities.