Have you suffered an injury as a result of a dog bite? The attorneys at Hicks & Hicks, as advocates for both victims and their families, are uniquely qualified to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation so that you can assert your rights against the dog owner or other responsible parties. We work tirelessly to handle the legal part of your attack so that you can work on your physical and mental healing.
Some of the most difficult personal injury cases our firm handles are those pertaining to the victims of dog bites. Personal pets are an invaluable part of people’s lives. Even if someone never had a pet themselves, everyone knows of people that are extremely close to their pet. They become extensions of the owner’s families.
This is what makes dog attacks so excruciating for the victim, and even at times for the pet owner. As extensions of human family in our society, we expect that the dog will be well behaved. This counts for pets who we know through their individual owners as well as the pet of your next-door neighbor or even a person walking by you on the hiking trail. Unfortunately, like their owners, pets are not perfect. Some pets may attack when afraid, provoked, out of bad temperament, or sometime plainly out of the circumstances from which they were raised.
The results of a dog bite can be mild in the form of just scratches or a few stitches, or they can also be horrific, with long term physical and emotional consequences. Some victims of dog bites need long term physical therapy, require plastic surgery, lose limb mobility, or even lose limbs entirely.
Fortunately, California has set laws in place that protect the victims of dog bites. It is important that victims of dog attacks have representation with the skill to use these laws when seeking compensation from the parties at fault. For example, did you know that in the event of a dog bite by a friend or neighbor’s pet, it is standard that claims are filed against the individual’s homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, not the individual? That is extremely important when weighing whether or how one wants to pursue a claim.
After a dog bite, there are several avenues that need to be examined on how to seek compensation for the resulting injury. Did the victim go to the hospital? Was surgery required? Did the victim miss work?
If you have been a victim of a dog attack, Hicks & Hicks are here to help you navigate the legal process to maximize your compensation.