Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic and painful experience. Fortunately, in California, the law offers dog attack victims protection, allowing them to seek compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damage the attack caused them. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an aggressive dog in California, it is essential that you understand your rights. Additionally, understand the factors that determine the compensation you may be entitled to.
Strict Liability in California
California follows a strict liability rule for dog bites, which means dog bite owners are liable for their dog’s actions, regardless of whether or not the dog was previously aggressive.
Factors that will help you calculate your compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer
- Try and determine the responsibility of the dog and its owner.
- Document the injuries sustained, including, within this evidence, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain, and emotional distress.
- Collect evidence, including medical records, photographs, witness statements, and any other relevant documentation.
- Medical Expenses: These are included in compensation through past and future medical bills, including surgeries, hospital stays, medications, therapy, and any other necessary treatment.
- Lost Earnings: If your injuries prevent you from working, you may be able to seek compensation for wages you lost during your recovery period or for any long-term impact on your ability to work and receive income.
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life may also be sought.
- Property Damage: If your personal property, such as clothing or belongings, was damaged during the attack, you may be eligible to enter your claim.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack in California, remember that you have legal rights to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. The help of a personal injury attorney can help you get the amount you deserve while you rest and recover. Contact Herrera Law PC.