Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered a Dog Bite Injury in Los Angeles and don’t know what to do, the insurance companies are not your friend.  You will need a Dog Bite Lawyer to fight for you. With over $50,000,000 in settlements for our clients we’ve got your back.

When animals attack, the injuries can be catastrophic. In California, over half of all households contain a pet. California ranks among the states with the lowest pet ownership. In some states, the number is closer to 70%. So, it is probably no wonder that there are quite a few dog bites and animal attacks each year. Thousands of dog bites, in fact. 

Fortunately, California law provides specific remedies for dog attack victims.

At the Law Offices of Jake D. Finkel, we handle a multitude of different types of dog bite injuries. Some examples include:

  • Facial scarring and disfigurement
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye injuries
  • Severe infections, such as rabies
  • Amputation of fingers and nose
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones from falling due to an attack
  • Psychological trauma

Under California law, you can seek compensation from the owner or handler of an animal that attacks you.

How does our process work? Who will be held accountable for dog bite injuries in Los Angeles California? 

To prove liability against the owner of a dog or other pet in California, you will need to show the following things in general:

  • Defendant owned the dog
  • You did not provoke the animal
  • That you were harmed
  • The dog bite caused you harm
  • You were bitten/attacked by the animal while you were in a public place or lawfully on private property

We offer a free and personal strategy and consultation session aimed at getting to know you better and clearly identifying the facts of your dog bite injury case in California. Once we have the big picture, and as many details as possible, we then make an honest assessment of your claim and determine the next steps for your personal injury case.

Rest assured from the consultation to the compensation we’ll be in contact with you every step of the way.

Call (213) 787-7411 now for a free consultation and strategy session

We understand how severe dog bite injuries can be and take every case very seriously. 

Here is what you can expect from our free dog bite injury consultation

  • A safe, relaxed, and understanding environment. 
  • Access to the assistance of a skilled attorney & team during your time of injury.
  • We work with you to collect and garner evidence for your case and advise you on what to do. 
  • And more!

Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Case with a Specialist Dog Bite Attorney in Los Angeles!

Jake D. Finkel believes that no matter how big or small a case is, working together is all the difference between a good result and a great result. At the outset of every case Jake takes on the goal is not just to establish a client-attorney relationship, but to establish a client-attorney team.

Call (213) 787-7411 to schedule your free consultation and strategy session. We represent clients in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and all other parts of Southern California.

Here’s what you need to know about Dog bites in Los Angeles.

Don’t delay call today
California provides a standard two-year statute of limitations for the vast majority of personal injury claims, including dog bites and animal owner negligence cases. If you have been hurt by a dog or other pet, you should definitely speak with an attorney sooner rather than later.

The longer you wait, the harder it may be to recover compensation, so call the Law Offices of Jake D Finkel today to set up a free initial meeting with a skilled and experienced local attorney near you. The call is free, and our attorneys never take a fee unless successful in recovering money for you.

Compensation Available in Personal Injury Cases Involving Animals

The compensation available is roughly the same, regardless of the theory used to prove your case. As the victim of an animal attack or other injury caused by a pet or animal in California, you may be able to recover money for:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Future medical costs
  • Lost income from missing work
  • Potential for lost ability to earn a living
  • Disfigurement and disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and anxiety
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Other Options for Compensation

California law does not stop at the strict dog bite liability statute. There are times when a dog or other pet may injure someone without biting them. For instance, perhaps a large breed dog jumps up and knocks an elderly person down, causing a hip fracture. The damages can be extremely painful and expensive, yet the strict liability statute does not protect the victim. Instead, the victim would need to bring a traditional personal injury action against the dog’s owner and/or handler, alleging that the individual was negligent in failing to control the animal.

Other similar scenarios include:

  • An animal chasing someone and causing him or her to fall or get hurt
  • Animals on leashes causing trip hazards
  • Animals running into the street causing a car accident
  • Animals scratching, clawing, or pummeling people

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite victims often require serious medical attention due to the possible chance of an infection from disease or bacteria that the dog is carrying. In fact, many dogs in the Los Angeles area carry disease and bacteria that require the immediate medical attention of antibiotics. Emergency treatment immediately after an incident and transportation to a medical facility by medical transport is expensive however for an animal-related attack is necessary. Our personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you full compensation for any long term-rehabilitation needs that was caused by complications of injuries such as:

  • Facial scarring and disfigurement
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye injuries
  • Severe infections, such as rabies
  • Amputation of fingers and nose
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones from falling due to an attack
  • Psychological trauma

What Causes Dog Attacks?

Injuries caused by dog bites can accredit a range of mild cuts to major lacerations and deep puncture wounds. Inattentive, abusive, and/or irresponsible dog owners are the most common cause of dog bite accidents and attacks. Careless owners can lose control of their pets easily. This lack of control causes a dangerous interaction between the animal and public. Most dog bite accidents or an attack caused by any other animal caused by one or more of the following:

  • Irresponsible care for the animal
  • Lack of medical care for the dog
  • Abuse or mistreatment

In the event of any injuries sustained from a dog bite incident, speak to the Law Offices of Jake D. Finkel, APC, about your possible options. Call (213) 787-7411 or contact us online.

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