Chula Vista Dog Bite Attorneys
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All dogs can be potentially dangerous, but some dogs are more dangerous and vicious than others. Many dogs can be considerably stronger and larger than a person of average size. Training, socialization, and proper care can make an impact, but some dogs are specifically bred by years of human selection to be more aggressive. Dog bites and attacks can be mentally traumatic and physically life-changing experiences, and they account for thousands of emergency room visits each year.
Dog owners, business owners, dog spas, and property owners have a duty to protect adults and children from vicious dogs in neighborhoods, and especially in public parks. At The Sexton Law Firm, we hold these people accountable for injuries.
Often, folks are hesitant to make personal injury claims after suffering dog bites or dog attacks because they do not want to sue a neighbor or family member who owned the dangerous dog. Remember that homeowner’s insurance or business insurance may be available to compensate the injured victim. We understand this may be difficult, but we will work with you to make the case go as smoothly as possible.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog attack, please contact The Sexton Law Firm for assistance with your claim. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, call our Chula Vista office at (619) 202-8976.
What Am I Entitled to if I Have Suffered Permanent Physical Damage from a Dog Attack?
Dog attacks are very interesting. The dog attacks that we see here at The Sexton Law Firm are generally attacks from larger dogs. The vast majority of dog bites come from smaller dogs, such as poodles, cocker spaniels, and chihuahuas. Fortunately, when those smaller dogs bite or nip somebody, the damages are not that great. They usually just break the skin a little bit, and issues are resolved without any problems.
When bigger dogs (such as rottweilers, German shepherds, and pit bulls) bite, they usually cause very serious physical damage. We have seen injuries to noses, ears, lips, and cheeks. Injuries on the leg could be a bite where a little bit of flesh is lost but may not be as significant as bites in the facial area. Sometimes the hands can incur more serious damage from a dog bite attack.
Determining compensation for permanent physical damage from a dog bite is sort of a gray area. It depends on the amount of disfigurement and what types of monetary damages are appropriate for something affecting someone’s face or hands. If you are a model or a concert pianist, then the damages could be higher, because those types of people depend on their hands and their face for their livelihood. They could lose money from not being able to do their job. Compensation is determined on a case-to-case basis. Generally, the damages from a dog attack are the same as any other accident case. You get paid for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and potentially loss of future income.
If a Victim Had Emotional Trauma Due to the Attack, Can They Claim That as an Injury?
Yes, if it can be documented and proved. We had a couple of cases where after being attacked by a dog, the person becomes terrified of dogs. It might have been a big dog that attacked them, but even a chihuahua causes them to experience panic attacks, or a dog barking can cause them to experience some type of anxiety. That is a real type of damage, too. That has to be documented by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. That is the proof that you would need for something like that. When you are attacked by a dog, it is normal to have experienced some type of trauma and fear, but sometimes it goes beyond that — where you are having nightmares and panic attacks. We had a case where a woman was terrified even just hearing a dog bark. It reminded her, and she relived that attack. If those things are documented by going to see a physician, then you can recover for the bills incurred, as well as the pain and suffering.
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