If you have been attacked by a dog, you may be shocked, injured, and unsure of what to do next. A dog bite attorney can help you collect the important facts surrounding your case and establish liability. The attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer can provide the legal counsel necessary to help you collect compensation.
Woman: How does it work establishing liability for dog bite cases?
George: Dog cases, it's an interesting area. It's very important when you've been bitten by a dog, that you get the name of the owner. Everybody loves dogs, I understand that, but there are some dogs that are vicious. There are some dogs that will come at you and it's a terrifying thing. So it's very important that you get the owner of the dog, not necessarily the guy who's walking it or the woman who's walking it but the owner of the dog.
And keep in mind, even if the owner of the dog is a neighbor, you're not really suing the owner of the dog, you're suing the insurance company. So don't let that prevent you from getting the recovery that you really deserve because some of these cases can be pretty damaging.
Kerry: You know, we've seen some real bad maulings, I mean, dogs can be vicious. And you don't know what's going on in the mind of a dog. But California, unlike many states, some states have what's called a one-bite rule, California doesn't have a one-free-bite rule. California says, "You have an absolute obligation to restrain your dog and keep him under care and custody so that he doesn't hurt another individual." And when he does hurt another individual, there is liability, there is negligence there, and most often there is negligence.
But George is right, you have to capture as much in the way of information about that dog, about the dog's owner as you possibly can. It's critical to get your hands on a lawyer. Get a lawyer if something like this happens, a lawyer who knows how to handle dog bite cases. Time can be an enemy if you let it go on too long, so it's important. Get a lawyer as soon as you can in a situation like that.
George: Absolutely, absolutely. We can't say this strong enough.