One’s canine companions are considered to be a part of their family. But unfortunately, their sharp canine teeth could sink into a passerby's skin provoked or unprovoked. That passerby could be you. Or worse, a child.
Facing legal repercussions is something people need to consider when owning a dog. Regardless if your neighbor has a cute canine companion, you need to be wary about incurring dog bite marks from their canine teeth, especially when they’re not confined on a leash or a pet stroller.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), California had the largest canine-related claims and the highest average cost per claim in the country. Dogs may be cute and adorable, but another study done by the III in conjunction with State Farm found that nearly $675 million in liability claims have been paid out in 2018 in matters that involve canine casualties. If you need to report a dog bite, it may be in your best interest to find the best dog bite lawyer.
We at Omega Law Group are dedicated to guiding you through the legal process.
Who’s at Fault
Certain factors need to be considered when determining who’s liable for the injury. For instance, we need to determine whether the injured did anything to provoke the dog into attacking them. If this is the case, then the injured person is liable for the dog bite marks. In addition, if the victim was trespassing the homeowner’s property, there is a high likelihood that they’re going to have to shoulder their own personal injury.
However, if none of the aforementioned scenarios occurred, chances are the dog owner should assume responsibility for the injury. This can be easily rectified through the homeowner’s insurance. But the victim will be beholden to the policy limits which means that they may not be able to get everything necessary for their recovery covered by the insurance. For this reason, you must contact a personal injury lawyer (a dog bite lawyer or dog bite attorney, if you will) to get the most out of your settlement.
Contact Omega Law Group
The Center for Disease Control claims that dog bites happen 4.5 million times per year, with almost a million of them requiring hospitalization. People underestimate the severity of this situation, but we at Omega Law Group will cater to you and your legal needs. Call us: (310) 504-1852. Or visit us at: 9454 Wilshire Blvd Suite 830, Beverly Hills, CA 90212