Dog Bite

Navigating the Path to Justice and Seeking Adequate Compensation

In the aftermath of a dog bite incident, the journey towards justice and healing is often paved with legal complexities. At Fielding Law, we stand as unwavering advocates for dog bite victims, offering dedicated and experienced legal representation. Our focus is singular: ensuring that individuals who have suffered from dog bites receive the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve.

Understanding the physical and emotional trauma that follows a dog bite, Fielding Law is committed to standing by the side of victims throughout the legal process. As plaintiff attorneys, we bring a wealth of experience, legal expertise, and a compassionate approach to every case we handle.

Why Choose Fielding Law for Your Dog Bite Case?

In the realm of dog bite cases, Fielding Law distinguishes itself through a reputation as compassionate yet aggressive advocates. Here’s why you should consider us as your legal partner:

  • Experience and Expertise: Our attorneys bring a wealth of experience in handling dog bite cases, navigating the complexities of determining liability, gathering evidence, and pursuing fair compensation.
  • Comprehensive Legal Knowledge: Dog bite cases demand a deep understanding of personal injury and liability laws. The legal team at Fielding Law possesses extensive knowledge in this area, ensuring your case is in capable hands.
  • Personalized Approach: Recognizing the uniqueness of each client, we treat every case with the personalized attention it deserves, tailoring our strategies to your specific circumstances.
  • Proven Track Record: Fielding Law has successfully represented numerous dog bite victims, securing just compensation for their injuries and suffering.

Common Types of Dog Bites

Dog bites can manifest in various situations, and determining liability is crucial for seeking compensation. Common types of dog bite incidents include:

  • Unprovoked Attacks: Occurring without apparent provocation, liability may depend on the dog owner’s negligence or prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
  • Provoked Bites: Resulting from provocation such as teasing or taunting, liability may vary depending on the circumstances.
  • Owner Negligence: If a dog owner fails to properly restrain or control their pet, leading to an attack, they may be held liable for the injuries inflicted.
  • Trespassing: In cases involving trespassing, liability can be complex, with factors like warnings and signage playing a role in determining responsibility.

Determining Liability in Dog Bites

In California, determining liability for dog bites is typically governed by California Civil Code Section 3342, known as the “dog bite statute.” Key factors include ownership, location, the nature of the bite or injury, and adherence to the statute of limitations. While strict liability applies to dog owners, defenses like provocation or trespassing may be raised, emphasizing the importance of seeking legal advice in dog bite cases.

If a Dog Bites You, Follow These Steps

  1. Secure the Dog:
    • If the dog is still present and poses a threat, ensure it’s safely controlled.
  2. Contact Authorities:
    • Call the police to report the incident.
  3. Get Medical Help:
    • Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
  4. Document the Scene, Dog, and Injuries:
    • Use your phone to take photos and videos of the scene, the dog, and your injuries while they’re fresh.
  5. Identify the Owner and Gather Info:
    • Find the dog owner, get their contact details, and inquire about the dog’s vaccination history.
  6. Record the Incident:
    • If possible, write down a detailed account of the attack, including dog behavior, warnings, and actions taken.
  7. Report to Animal Control:
    • Inform local animal control about the incident for investigation.
  8. Contact Fielding Law:
    • Reach out to Fielding Law at 833.88.SHARK for a free, confidential consultation. Avoid discussing the incident with insurers until consulting with us.

Taking these steps promptly can significantly impact your situation, ensuring your safety, preserving crucial evidence, and setting the stage for pursuing justice and compensation for your injuries. Fielding Law is here to provide the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After a Dog Bite

Dog bite cases involve complex liability issues and insurance negotiations. Hiring a personal injury attorney offers several advantages:

  • Legal Expertise: Understanding the intricacies of dog bite laws and their application to your case.
  • Thorough Investigation: Conducting a comprehensive investigation, gathering evidence to build a compelling case.
  • Negotiation Skills: Dealing with insurance companies requires skilled negotiators to fight for your rights and fair compensation.
  • Peace of Mind: While we handle legal aspects, you can focus on recovery, knowing your case is in capable hands.

At Fielding Law, we commit to helping you navigate the complexities of a dog bite case. Let us be your trusted legal partner, dedicated to seeking justice and healing after a dog bite incident. Contact us at 833.88.SHARK for a free, confidential consultation, and let your path to recovery begin with us.

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