When we think of “man’s best friend,” we think of a well-behaved, loving, and loyal dog. However, dogs do not always act like man’s best friend. In certain situations, dogs can act violently or have violent tendencies, which can cause emotional trauma and severe injury to anyone involved in the attack.
Injuries from a dog bite can cause serious complications, and depending on the severity, these injuries can be long-term or even permanent. Unfortunately, some dog owners will try to take the blame off themselves or their dog when their dog misbehaves. This happens more often than you would think. Therefore, we recommend you contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the injury to help you prove liability and recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury from a dog bite in Los Angeles or throughout the state of California, call OnderLaw, LLC immediately. Our personal injury dog bite lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and experience to help you obtain the maximum compensation that you need to recover from a dog bite injury.
Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer can handle every step of the injury claim process for you and help ensure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.
Dog bites cause serious injuries, including lacerations, infections, disfigurement, nerve damage, and muscle damage. These injuries, in turn, can lead to expenses you may not be able to pay. You should never have to pay out of your own pocket if someone else’s dog harms you. Instead, the responsible party should cover your losses, such as your medical bills, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
An experienced lawyer will know how to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your dog bite, and they’ll be able to use the strength of the case they build to negotiate aggressively for the recovery you need. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can begin gathering evidence to support your case.
Another reason to hire a Los Angeles dog bite lawyer is that they can help you navigate instances where you may be friendly with, or even related to, the person whose dog bit you. You understandably may feel uncomfortable talking with them about the financial aspects of your injury. However, as your attorney will assure you, most dog bite cases are covered by homeowners or renters liability insurance. So, fortunately, the compensation you need will be provided by the insurance company, not by your friend or family member.
An experienced lawyer will be able to advise you on the best legal course of action to take. In most situations, a lawyer will be able to negotiate a fair settlement for you. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, however, it may be necessary to take your case to court. A seasoned attorney will always be prepared to go to trial to fight for your best interests.
Why Choose OnderLaw, LLC?
At OnderLaw, LLC, we put our clients first. Our legal team believes in fighting against injustice and ensuring that our clients obtain the financial compensation that they rightfully deserve. We are not afraid to go to trial when necessary, and we fight hard and tirelessly when doing so.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we have decades of experience in personal injury claims, and we have won over $3,000,000,000 in settlements and awards. Let us win for you.
We are proud of the many honors we’ve received, including recognition from: Martindale-Hubbell Peer and Client Review Ratings, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers, Litigator Awards, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America, The American Trial Lawyers Association, The American Society of Legal Advocates, and Top 50 Verdicts in the U.S.
Remember, you should never be liable for someone else’s mistakes. At OnderLaw, LLC, we know how to take on large insurance companies and win. Let us do all the hard work for you. Let us fight on your behalf. Let us help you get the recovery you need to move forward, just as we are trained to do.
Types of Cases OnderLaw, LLC Covers
OnderLaw, LLC handles all types of dog bite cases, including:
- Dog bites of children: Unfortunately, the victims of dog bites are often children. Children are especially vulnerable to dog bite injuries, and due to their size, they are more likely to be bitten in the face or neck.
- Dog bites that were unintentional: More often than you would think, a dog can cause harm without the intention of doing so. Even when a dog is just being playful, it can severely injure those around them.
- Dog bites from aggressive breeds: Some breeds are more aggressive than others, and they can also cause more harm than others due to their physical characteristics. These breeds include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Boxers, Great Danes, Dobermans, and Bull Dogs.
- Mistreatment or negligence by the owner: Dogs, even non-aggressive breeds, can cause harm if they were mistreated, poorly trained, or not monitored correctly by their owner.
Whatever your case may be, whether it is on this list or not, do not hesitate to contact our firm. It is understandable that you would want to talk to a lawyer before hiring their legal team to represent you.
OnderLaw, LLC is here to answer any of your questions and address any of your concerns. Remember, it is not your duty to be an expert on state and federal laws when it comes to dog bite injuries. It is our duty. We are here to help you, and we are here to fight for you.
National Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bites happen more frequently than you might think, and there are statistics to prove it.
According to the American Pet Products Association, households in the United States include almost 90 million dogs. That is a lot of dogs, and realistically, it can be assumed that some of these dogs will bite.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year nationwide. That is a lot of people, and you should never feel alone or automatically assume that you cannot take legal action if you happen to be one of these people. Unfortunately, it is very common to be bitten by a dog.
The following statistics were gathered from the Insurance Information Institute:
- In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, California has had the largest amount of dog bite claims in the United States.
- In 2019, California had 2,396 dog bite claims out of 17,802 dog bite claims nationwide.
- The average cost per dog bite claim in the United States has increased 134% percent from 2003 to 2019, partly due to increasing medical costs.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dog Bite Injuries
Here are some frequently asked questions that we hear regarding dog bite injuries:
What should I do if a dog bites me or a loved one?
You should seek medical attention immediately, and you should contact 911 so that authorities can document the incident. Keep records of your medical treatment and of your contact with the authorities, as lawyers can use this information as evidence.
Does California operate under the one-bite rule?
No, California does not operate under the one-bite rule, which states that an owner is liable for a dog bite injury if they know that their dog is capable of being violent or has violent tendencies. Under California law, a dog owner is liable for any injuries caused by their dog, whether the owner knew or should have known of their dog’s dangerous tendencies or not.
Can I still sue if a dog hurt me on their owner’s private property?
Yes, you can still sue a dog owner if you were injured on their private property. Whether on public or private property, a dog owner has the responsibility to ensure that their dog does not cause harm to others.
Do I pay if I lose my case?
No. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that you do not owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you. In other words, we don’t win unless you win.
OnderLaw, LLC Wants To Help
At OnderLaw, LLC, our clients are our top priority. We understand that you are in a difficult situation after being attacked by a dog. We take the time to listen to you and understand your injury, and we work hard to help you recover from your losses.
If you are looking for a legal team to help get you the financial compensation that you rightfully deserve from a dog bite injury, look no further than OnderLaw, LLC. We are the legal team that you need by your side.
Contact us online or call us now at (314) 963-9000 for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options.