When it comes to sustaining a personal injury from a dog bite or other animal attack, California is a strict liability state, which means that even if no one was negligent and the owner tried to avoid the attack, but someone still gets injured, the pet owner is liable for damages. Yet more often than not, the dog owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will often cover damages including compensation for your pain, disfigurement, lost wages and medical expenses.
At SKOL Legal, we have a range of experience in managing personal injury claims involving dog bites, other pets and animal attack injuries. Our initial consultation meeting is free where we listen to your account and explain your options. We do not charge any legal fees until we successfully recover your compensation.
In many cases, dog bite or other animal injuries go beyond the one-dimensional, physical injuries, with victims sustaining long-term physical and psychological effects from being attacked by an animal. Some victims may require plastic surgery to address disfigurement and unsightly scars. We listen to your whole account of your personal injury dog bite accident, then apply the appropriate laws to pursue the fair and just compensation you need to cover your medical costs and ongoing care.
Factors that are considered when evaluating a dog bite or other animal bite cases:
Medical care and bills: Medical coverage can include infections, tissue repair, muscle damage, nerve damage and scarring.
Emotional and psychological trauma: Being attacked by a dog is traumatic, even if you are a dog lover. Dog bite victims can be left with PTSD, which can manifest itself as reactions of fear and panic when they see an animal. This can impact a person’s ability to maintain a relationship with people in their lives who have pets.
Residual scarring: Dog attacks can lead to physical scarring which often requires expensive plastic surgeries from being physically disfigured.