Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles
Here to Help You Receive Compensation for Injuries Sustained from a Canine
Animals attack and bite millions of people every year. Many of those people don’t realize they deserve compensation. Dogs are capable of inflicting injuries to both children and adults, including injuries that result in death. The State of California holds owners responsible for their animal’s actions. If you suffer from a dog bite or an animal attack, you need to speak with the team at the Law Offices of Gary Berkovich right away.
I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog; Now What?
Though the law holds dog owners responsible for the actions of their pets, it is important that those who have been injured by a dog be conscientious about the steps they take after the incident.
A dog bite victim should always:
- Obtain the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the attack. Also, record the name of the dog’s owner and the person who was in charge of the dog at the time of the incident (if other than the owner).
- Get picture evidence of all wounds and injuries, regardless of how minor they first appear.
- Seek medical attention as soon after the attack as possible. Make sure to get full records from medical staff about the seriousness of the injuries caused by the incident. Even those that weren’t directly caused by a bite. For example, if you suffered a broken or sprained wrist because of being knocked to the ground by the dog, you’ll need to have that injury documented along with the others.
- Contact animal control to report the attack while cooperating with investigating officers.
Why Should I Hire a Dog Bite Attorney?
While victims of dog bites can file their own claims, it is believed that working with an attorney can improve your chances for financial recovery and can help alleviate some of the burden of filing a claim. In California, victims of personal injuries have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. While two years can feel like ample time, it's important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. In the days following your accident there may be documents or evidence that can be helpful in your case. Working with an attorney has many benefits and may allow you to focus on recovery while we focus on holding those whose negligence caused you accident accountable.
Our firm has three offices across southern California, in Riverside/San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week at (818) 290-8942 or contact us online. Our consultations are complimentary!