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Animal & Dog Bite Injury

Riverside & San Bernardino Dog Bite Injury Attorneys

Dog bites are one of the leading causes of personal injury. If you or a member of your family have suffered an attack from a dog, you should seek medical treatment immediately from an Inland Empire Attorney. Seek the counsel of a knowledgeable Riverside & San Bernardino attorney for these injuries.

The Proper Steps To Take When A Dog Bite Has Occurred

The first thing that you should do if you have been bitten by a dog is seek medical treatment. Any animal bite can cause serious infection if left untreated. In the case of a severe bite, contact an ambulance or go to the emergency room for immediate medical attention.

Try to identify the dog that bit you. Locating the owner of the dog is essential in filing a claim for compensation of the injuries. Most home owners insurance plans will cover damage that is done by animals, including injuries to other people. Finding out who owns the dog is necessary for determining who is liable.

Report the attack to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Depending on the area that you live in, the agency to contact may be the Sheriff's dept., Riverside Police Dept. or Riverside Animal Control. Be sure to provide all the information that you can to the responding officer. This will include: a description of the dog, the address that it was located at or the owners name. The more information that you have to give the officer, the better your case will be.

Take photos. Any lacerations, bruises or torn clothing should be photographed as evidence of the attack. If it is possible, take a picture of the dog that attacked you.

Contact a reputable lawyer. In cases such as dog bites, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel from an experienced lawyer. There are numerous laws that concern personal injuries such as dog bites, and the trauma of the accidents can lead to bad decisions.

Never speak to an insurance company. Whatever you say can be used against you at a later time. It is best to let your lawyer deal with insurance companies to ensure that you get the best settlement possible.

Specific Laws regarding Owner Liability In Dog Bite Cases

Certain actions will negate the owner's liability in a dog bite attack. Trespassing on private property when the attack occurs, will absolve the owner of liability. Provoking a dog to attack will also release the owner from liability. The only variation of these rules applies to children under the age of five, since they are not able to understand their actions.

The owner of the dog is generally the person that is held liable in dog bite attacks. There may be other circumstance that can be added into the case but these circumstance are often hard to prove. A caregiver may be held liable if the dog was in their possession at the time of the attack, but they must have prior knowledge that the dog is dangerous, this will also apply to landlords.

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