Orange County Dog Bite Attorney

Orange County dog bite attorney

Marcereau Law Group is a full-service personal injury law firm representing Californians seeking justice for the dog bite injuries they have sustained due to negligence. At MLG Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers, our Orange County dog bite attorneys stand up for dog bite victims daily.

While dogs might be a man's best friend, we have seen catastrophic complications from seemingly minor dog bites. If you have suffered a dog bite injury, see a doctor immediately. Then, contact our attorneys to discuss your claim.

How Our Orange County Dog Bite Attorney Fights for You

How our Orange County dog bite attorney fights for you

When you're facing the aftermath of a dog bite, our Orange County dog bite attorney steps up to fight for your rights and compensation. We start by thoroughly investigating the incident and gathering evidence, such as medical records, witness statements, and any available video footage.

This comprehensive approach ensures that we fully understand the circumstances of your case and the extent of your injuries. Armed with this information, we're prepared to negotiate forcefully with insurance companies or take your case to court if necessary.

Our commitment to you goes beyond just legal representation. We provide support and guidance throughout the process. We understand the physical and emotional toll a dog bite can take on an individual and their family.

Therefore, we strive to make the legal process as stress-free as possible, keeping you informed and involved at every step. We aim to secure the best possible outcome, ensuring you receive the compensation you need to recover and move forward.

Trusted Advocacy in Dog Bite Cases

Dog bites can occur without warning. Out of nowhere, an animal that appears to be placid can attack both children and adults when its territory is threatened. Many pet owners insist their animals are safe when they are not. As a result, thousands of animal attack injuries occur every year. Some of them are even fatal to victims.

If a dog attack has injured you or someone you love, Marcereau Law Group is ready to protect your rights, especially where owner negligence or carelessness has been the cause. We understand the complicated nature of dog bite incidents.

That is why we are conducting our investigation into the matter: to determine the facts and how best to proceed on your behalf. We stand up for every dog bite victim and will pursue the dog's owner if necessary. Let us fight for you.

Have you been attacked by a dog? Call our firm at (949) 323-4890 to discuss your case today.

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Why do dog bites
  • Fear. Dogs often bite out of fear, especially if they feel threatened or cornered.
  • Protection. Dogs may bite to protect their territory, puppies, or owners.
  • Pain. A dog in pain or discomfort might bite if someone touches or approaches them unexpectedly.
  • Playfulness. Sometimes, dogs don't understand their strength and may bite during play.
  • Prey drive. Some dogs have a strong prey drive and might bite if something triggers their chase instinct.
  • Startle response. Dogs can bite if startled by loud noises or sudden movements.
  • Lack of training. Dogs that haven't been properly trained or socialized may bite out of confusion or fear.

Injuries Dog Bites Can Cause

  • Puncture wounds. Most dog bites can cause puncture wounds, leading to infection and requiring medical attention.
  • Lacerations. Sharp canine teeth can cause lacerations, which might need stitches or surgery.
  • Nerve damage. Severe bites can damage nerves, potentially leading to loss of sensation or function in the affected area.
  • Scarring. Dog bites often result in scarring, which can be disfiguring and emotionally traumatic.
  • Infections. Bites can introduce bacteria, leading to serious infections like rabies or tetanus.
  • Broken bones.¬†Large or powerful dogs can cause fractures or break bones during an attack.
  • Psychological trauma. Beyond physical injuries, dog bites can cause lasting fear, anxiety, or PTSD.
  • Rabies. Though rare, there's a risk of rabies in unvaccinated dogs, requiring immediate medical care.
  • Facial injuries. Bites to the face are common, especially in children, and may require reconstructive surgery.

California Law & Dog Attacks

California law & dog attacks

In California, you can seek financial compensation if a dog bites you:

  • while you are in a public place
  • while you are lawfully on private property
  • while you are legally on the property of the dog owner

Even if the dog owner does not know the dog's aggressive tendencies, you still have legal rights to claim the owner. The only requirement is that you were bitten without provoking or threatening the animal.

Unfortunately, the majority of people bitten by dogs are children, followed by the elderly. These attacks can often cause serious bodily injuries as well as emotional scars that may never fully recede. You deserve compensation for your pain, suffering, and bodily damage. Let us use our experience in dog bite claims to fight for you.

California Is a Strict Liability State for Dog Bites

In California, dog owners are held strictly liable if their dog bites someone, meaning the victim doesn't have to prove negligence to claim damages. This law applies regardless of the dog's previous behavior; even if the dog has never shown aggression, the owner is responsible for any injury the dog causes.

This strict liability makes it easier for victims to seek compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress. Our Orange County dog bite attorney is well-versed in California's dog bite laws and can help navigate the legal process effectively.

This liability covers bites in public places or while the victim is lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner's property. It's designed to protect people and ensure that dog owners always maintain control over their pets.

However, exceptions exist, such as when a victim provokes the dog or is trespassing unlawfully. Understanding these nuances is crucial, and our experienced dog bite attorney can help determine the best approach for your specific situation.

Defining the Value of Your Claim With an Orange County Dog Bite Attorney

Defining the value of your claim with an Orange County dog bite attorney

Determining the value of your dog bite claim involves considering various factors, including the severity of your injuries, the cost of medical treatment, and any long-term effects. Our Orange County dog bite attorney will assess the impact of the bite on your life, including any needed future medical care, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering.

The comprehensive evaluation ensures that we seek an amount that reflects the extent of your damages and losses. We aim to secure compensation that covers all your needs, from immediate medical expenses to long-term rehabilitation and emotional recovery.

We also consider any scarring or disfigurement, which can have a significant psychological impact. Negotiating with insurance companies can be challenging, but our attorney has the experience and skill to advocate for your best interests.

By presenting a well-documented case that clearly outlines the full scope of your damages, we aim to maximize your settlement. Let our dedicated team support you in this process, striving for a resolution that allows you to heal and move forward.

Let Marcereau Law Group Stand Up for Your Rights

Whatever the circumstances of your dog bite injuries, you need a strong advocate who can prove fault and negotiate a proper settlement for the injuries you have suffered. Our firm has proven to be a leader in recovering fair and just compensation for personal injury claims.

Let our Irvine dog bite lawyers protect your rights while we pursue what is in your best interests at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.

FAQs

Can I sue for a dog bite if the dog has never bitten anyone?

Yes, in California, you can sue for a dog bite even if the dog has never bitten anyone. The state's strict liability laws hold dog owners responsible for bites regardless of the dog's previous behavior.

How long do I have to file a dog bite claim in California?

In California, you have two years from the date of the dog bite to file a personal injury claim. This time frame is known as the statute of limitations, and failing to file within it can prevent you from seeking compensation.

Do I need a lawyer for a dog bite claim?

While not required, having a lawyer can significantly improve your chances of a successful outcome. An experienced dog bite attorney can navigate the legal system, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Let us see if we can file a dog bite lawsuit on your behalf.

Connect With Our Orange County Dog Bite Attorney for a Free Consultation

Connect with our Orange County dog bite attorney for a free consultation

Even common dog bite injuries can lead to serious complications. Always see a doctor as soon as possible. Then, contact our Orange County dog bite attorney to schedule a free consultation.

At MLG Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers, we always put our clients first. We can even negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your California dog bite case.

Ready to discuss your dog bite case? Call our attorneys at (949) 323-4890 now.

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