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Know when to file a lawsuit after a dog bite

If you have had the unfortunate experience of suffering a dog bite, you may consider filing a lawsuit. At Harting, Simkins & Ryan, LLP, we have seen the extreme damage that an attack can cause. Under California law, you have two years from the date of the animal attack to file a claim. But how do you know if your injuries are severe enough to constitute a claim?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million people experience a dog bite every year. Of those, roughly 900,000 people will require medical attention. If you had to seek medical attention for your injuries, you may have a case.

In order to secure compensation, you will need to demonstrate that there was some type of negligence involved with the event. In other words, the owner of the pet must have made a mistake that led to the attack. That mistake could include failing to leash the animal or failing to provide the proper security around a dog that has been deemed “dangerous.”

Further, you will have to show that the attack resulted in a quantifiable injury. Damages from personal injury lawsuits stemming from dog attacks usually include items such as the following: 

  •        Recouping the cost of medical expenses such as hospital stays, medication and surgery
  •        Receiving compensation for having to miss work due to your injuries
  •        Recovering funds for the emotional distress the event caused you

You may be under significant stress as you try to recover from your injuries, which is why turning to a professional for help navigating your case may be the best option. For more information on this topic, please visit our page on dog bites.

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