DOG BITE RESPONSIBILITY: WHO SHOULD PAY YOUR MEDICAL BILLS?
You’re out for a walk with your family. It’s nice out. Sunshine. A gentle breeze. To your right, children laugh and scream on the playground. To your left, a family celebrates a birthday under the gazebo. In front of you, coming down the sidewalk, is a man with a dog...
…A big dog.
Strolling by his master’s side, the dog seems calm. It wanders left, right, and back to the left depending on where his attention goes. In fact, it’s not so different from how your child behaves.
As your family draws closer, your kid spots the dog. Excited, he rockets forward to pet it. The dog gets excited too; he lunges to protect his master from the perceived threat.
In slow motion, and in a state of raw, heart-stopping panic, you leap forward.
Just before those snarling jaws sink into your child, you block their path. You saved your kid, but you’ve got two rows of dirty, razor sharp fangs a quarter inch deep in your forearm.
That’s a problem…
This might be a new situation for you. What happens next? Obviously you should see a doctor. But what if you have an infection, or worse? Who will pay your medical bills, and who is responsible?
Did you know common dog bite injuries include:
- Bleeding wounds
- Deep wounds
- And other bacterial infections
Because almost all dog bites cause open wounds and contact with animal saliva, there’s a major risk of dangerous infection. Untreated infections can be lethal. So you should seek treatment immediately. But should you have to pay for it?
After all, it was HIS dog that bit you.
HE’LL SAY HE WON’T PAY, BUT IN CALIFORNIA HE WILL…
He’ll say it was your kid’s fault. He’ll try to throw the blame. The simple fact is, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is because in California, pet owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their pets.
This isn’t limited to dogs.
It applies to owners of all animal types, and you have a right to bring a lawsuit.
Depending on the situation, there’s a lot you stand to gain. You might be entitled to recover medical fees, lost wages, and even property damage. But court isn’t like Judge Judy, and you probably won’t win on your own. You need someone who knows the ropes.
You need a qualified attorney.
If you or someone you know was injured by an animal owned by someone else, you need to take action. You have a right to compensation, and we’ll help you get what you deserve.
Even if you’re not sure if we can help, go ahead and contact us for a free consultation.
You can also call us at 800-LAW-TALK (1-800-529-8255).
During your free consult, we’ll discuss your specific situation and give you our honest opinion about your options, and how our experienced dog bite attorneys will help you win your case. If that makes sense for you, contact us today because the longer you wait, the harder it is to win.
Picture Attribution: By U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons