Los Angeles Dog Bite Injury Lawyers: We Help Dog Attack Victims

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At MKP Law Group, LLP our attorneys exclusively represent injury victims. For years we have fought on behalf of clients who were hurt in accidents due to the negligence of another party. We realize that it can be difficult to afford quality personal injury lawyers so we always work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, meaning WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS WE WIN.

There are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs to our clients. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have recovered millions on behalf of our clients and will fight hard on your behalf to ensure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Our injury attorneys work with a team of medical experts throughout Los Angeles and California to ensure that you or a loved one receives top-notch medical care for a speedy and healthy recovery while we deal with the insurance companies.

We are a team of renowned injury attorneys representing injury victims throughout the State of California. MKP Law Group, LLP’s team strives to make the process as easy and quick as possible for you. Our team is experienced, attentive, dependable, and tenacious so call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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Why Hire a Los Angeles Dog Bite Attorney?

Dog bites are incredibly frequent occurrences, especially in California. Though there are several breeds in particular that are linked to attacks, such as Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds, the owner can also be responsible if they mistreat or abuse the dog.

Dog bite incidents can be terrifying and often lead to lasting mental trauma and anguish in addition to the physical injuries. This is especially true in cases involving infants and minors.

Because dog bite cases can be complex, it is imperative that you are represented by an experienced and knowledgeable dog bite attorney right from the beginning. There is much more that goes into dog bite claims beyond negotiating a settlement with the dog’s owner or their homeowner’s insurance carrier. Some of the things that need to be done as soon as possible after a dog bite include:

  • Seek medical attention (Call 911 or go directly to the emergency room)
  • Take photographs of the injuries
  • Contact witnesses and obtain statements
  • Report the attack to animal control services
  • Investigate the dog’s owner
  • Contact insurance companies and establish claims

Having a skilled and knowledgeable Los Angeles dog bite lawyer will ensure that your claim is handled properly from the outset. The attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP have handled dozens of dog bite cases and are here to help dog bite victims win the maximum compensation they deserve.

MKP Law Group, LLP’s experienced dog bite attorneys understand how traumatic a dog bite injury can be, and want you to know that you are not alone. Our team also uses skilled investigators to determine the dog’s owner, the dog’s history, and the facts of the attack. We will deal with the insurance company claims and obtain your medical records and bills so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

What You Need to Know About Dog Bites

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Dog attacks and dog bites can occur without any provocation.

Seemingly gentle dogs can turn aggressive in an instant. Oftentimes dogs will become violent if they feel cornered, threatened, or see sudden movements. Other times there is no plausible reason for the attack, and the dog has no history of aggression.

Dog bites can occur near your home or in your own backyard. It might be a dog that escaped their yard or that is allowed to roam free or that was unleashed by the pet owner. Other dog bites occur in public spaces like in parks or on sidewalks.

If you or a loved one have been a victim of a dog bite, there are certain things to keep in mind.

What to do when attacked by a dog?

1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog you should call 9-1-1 immediately for emergency medical treatment. If the wound is bleeding, do your best to apply pressure to minimize blood loss and wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Be sure to mention all injuries sustained in the attack so that doctors can document the injuries and properly treat you.

2. Document the Attack

If you are physically able to, after an attack it is crucial to identify the dog that bit you and obtain necessary information from the owner of the dog. Most dog bites occur in a home and are thus covered by homeowner’s insurance coverage so it is crucial to get the owner’s name, contact information including address, and any insurance carrier information. Photographs can also help document the attack.

3. Contact the Police/Animal Services

Call the police and ask them to come to the scene of the attack to write a report. This will help corroborate the attack and provide important contact information of the dog’s owner if they are unwilling to provide it directly to you. You should also contact Animal Services to file a report so that they can take necessary administrative action, including taking custody of the dog, to prevent any other attacks by the canine.

4. Call MKP Law Group, LLP

Insurance companies will do whatever they can to limit the amount of money they have to pay to compensate a dog bite victim. Insurance companies often try to use recorded statements to minimize your injuries or place partial blame on the victim. They may also send you paperwork to sign in the hope that you will sign it and accept a lowball settlement offer.

Before you give a statement to the insurance company or sign any paperwork, call MKP Law Group, LLP at 310-285-5353 to discuss your legal options. We are experienced in getting dog bite victims the full compensation they deserve, and not only for their physical injuries but their psychological and emotional trauma as well.

Immediately after the attack, our Los Angeles dog bite attorneys know how to make the process as easy as possible for you. Our team also works with a network of medical providers, both doctors, and mental health professionals, that can start treating your injuries immediately after an attack.

Our select network of experts and medical providers often work on what is known as a no out-of-pocket lien basis, so that bills and medical expenses do not pile up and overwhelm you as you or a loved one recover.

If a dog bite injury has occurred, don’t hesitate to call the team at MKP Law Group, LLP for your 100% free consultation. We will connect you with the care you need and deserve and actively start working towards recovering your losses.

How Much Is a Dog Bite Lawyer?

If you are hesitating to hire an attorney because you worry about costs, don’t. Legal representation is your right. We realize that you are dealing with the aftermath of a scary situation. There are lacerations to heal, fears of disfigurement, and the angst and anguish that go with being the victim of an animal attack.

Our dog bite attorneys want to help you and will work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not ask you for money up-front. And, if we fail to get you money to help make up for your losses, we will not even charge you after a verdict.

Of course, we intend to win and will work hard to pursue your claim. With this disclaimer in mind, we will agree to base our fees as a percentage of your settlement or trial verdicts. You and your family members do not spend any up-front money when working with our team.

What Kind of Dog Bite Injuries Can Earn Compensation?

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As stated above, dog bites can lead to lasting physical and psychological damage for victims of attacks and dog bites. Imagine going about your business, riding your bike, or walking down the street when a dog comes up and attacks you completely by surprise. It can be very traumatic.

MKP Law Group, LLP’s attorneys understand that surviving dog bites and recovering from dog bite attacks are very different things. Many victims of dog bites sustain the following injuries which can result in a pile-up of medical bills and numerous doctor visits:

  • Scarring
  • Bone Fractures
  • Infections
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Rabies
  • Psychological Trauma (PTSD)
  • Death

The experienced dog bite attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP can determine whether you have a legal claim and the amount of damages that you may be entitled to recover. While these damages vary based on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the team at MKP Law Group, LLP will work tirelessly to obtain maximum compensation for you or a loved one.

How do I know if I am eligible for compensation?

Victims of dog bites are entitled to recover damages for both their monetary and non-monetary losses after suffering a dog bite. The experienced dog bite attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP will fight to get your full compensation for your losses including:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Earnings or Diminished Earning Capacity
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Scar Revision Treatment
  • Mental Trauma (PTSD)

Each dog bite case is different due to several factors including the severity of the attack and the number of medical bills incurred as a result of the attack. The attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP will build the best case possible to make sure you or a loved one gets the compensation they deserve.

The same goes for a family member who suffered the wrongful death of a loved one because a dog owner failed to protect the public from a dangerous dog, and the owners property caused injuries leading to death. The California Civil Code provides for such a loss. Therefore, our Southern California team can assist you with this type of claim.

How Much Money Can You Get for a Dog Bite?

The law understands that money cannot make emotional distress suffered because of a dog attack go away. However, exercising your legal rights and seeking compensation makes it possible to deal with the problems by seeking professional help and healing. Moreover, fair compensation gives you the means needed to undergo reconstructive surgery or nerve damage repair after an animal attack.

The actual compensatory dollar amount depends on tangible documents such as medical bills and missed wages—also, factor in property damage that needs to be repaired. However, verdicts also consider the types of damages you cannot necessarily put a finger on. Examples here include suffering, pain, psychological anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. Most importantly, punitive damages are likely, particularly in a situation where a third party knew, or should have known, that they have a dangerous dog.

California Dog Bite Laws

Each state has its own specific laws in place for handling personal injury cases. In California, it’s important to know there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a dog bite personal injury claim from the date of the incident. Our injury lawyers have dealt with numerous dog bite claims, and have the knowledge to decipher the complexities posed by insurance companies and California laws in order to maximize our clients’ recoveries.

You should not accept any settlement offer made by the liable party without first consulting with MKP Law Group, LLP’s legal team attorneys.

Our law firm works strictly on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay us unless we obtain a monetary recovery. Call us today at 310-285-5353 for a free consultation so that we can answer your questions in person and explain the legal process.

Laws: Who Is Liable For Dog Bite Injuries in Los Angeles?

In California, liability for a dog bite falls at the feet of the dog’s owner. Many states, including California, have enacted laws that are meant to hold the dog owner liable for the dog bite on what is known as a “strict liability” basis.

This means that an owner is responsible for a dog bite even if the owner was not negligent and even if the dog had never attacked anyone else in the past. Strict liability places blame on the dog’s owner even if they had no reason to know the dog was dangerous and regardless of whether the owner failed to protect others from the attack. It is the owner’s responsibility to take care of their pet and ensure it does not attack other people. Under California Dog Bite Law, Civil Code § 3342, the owner of any dog is liable for damages if:

  • the injury is caused by a dog bite; and
  • the bite occurs while the injured party is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the private property of the dog owner

Other entities that may be liable for a dog bite, besides the owner, include anyone responsible for the care or custody of the dog including kennels or animal shelters. Additionally, landlords can also be held liable for dog bites if they allowed the dog onto the property or permitted a tenant to house a dangerous pet. Most of the time, these cases are covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy.

Exceptions to the rule: Working dogs and trespassing

There are, however, exceptions to California’s strict liability Dog Bite Statute. A government agency, such as the police and military, cannot be held liable for dog bites that occur when the agency uses a dog while carrying out official duties. This exception only applies if the dog bite victim was a suspect or participant in acts that prompted the use of the dog in the police or military work.

Another exception to the rule that dog owners are 100% at-fault for a dog bite attack is when the victim is trespassing. Generally, property owners are not obligated to maintain a safe property for trespassers. A trespasser is someone who enters someone else’s property without the property owner’s consent. California law provides an exception to the strict liability of dog owners for dog bites that occur when the injured person is trespassing or otherwise unlawfully on the property.

However, even here, there are exceptions. If you have been bitten by a dog while voluntarily working with it, the owner may still be liable if they knew or suspected that the dog was aggressive but failed to warn you.

California also makes exceptions for victims who assumed the risk of being bitten, i.e. that they understood the risk of being bitten but proceeded anyway. This rule usually applies to veterinarians who are bitten while treating a dog. (See Nelson v. Hall, 211 Cal. Rptr. 668 (Cal.App.1985)).

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Stats on Dog Bites in the United States and California

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Despite our love for dogs, the number of attacks by these beloved animals continues to increase.

However, it is difficult to collect dog bite data because there is no centralized system for reporting these types of injuries. The most recent compilation is from a relay of data collected from police, veterinarians, animal control, and emergency rooms from 1994.

That doesn't account for unreported or less serious injuries.

According to this dated report, 4.7 million incidents were reported in the United States that year and nearly 800,000 people required medical treatment. In addition to that, the report estimates 333,700 patients received emergency care, approximately 6,000 of those were hospitalized. Cdc.gov.

In 2017 California was found as the top state for dog-related injury claims according to State Farm. The insurance company paid out $18.7 million for 468 dog-related injury claims for incidents that occurred in California. Overall, including all dog-related injury claims across the country, State Farm paid a total of $132 million for the 3,600 cases.  Statefarm.com.

A more recent effort to collect data by the site DogsBite.org found that pit bulls contributed to 66% of reported canine deaths from 2005 through 2018 (311 of 471). Pit bulls and rottweilers together account for 76% of the total recorded deaths reported. DogsBite.org.

Surprisingly, some of the most loveable breeds such as the beloved labrador also made the list of most dangerous breeds despite being commonly designated as a less aggressive breed.

Infographic: America's Most Dangerous Dog Breeds | Statista
Source: Statista

We've rounded up all the most important data in our dog bite stats for 2020-2021 page.

Contact MKP Law Group, LLP Today

Remember, in California, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a dog bite personal injury claim from the date of the incident. However, waiting to hire an experienced dog bite attorney is never recommended as there are many factors that can reduce the value of your claim.

So do not delay, and call MKP Law Group, LLP today for your 100% free consultation. It is never in your best interest to negotiate with an insurance company or accept their offer without first consulting with an experienced dog bite attorney. The dog bite & attack lawyers at MKP Law Group, LLP will handle the insurance claims on your behalf and negotiate with the insurance company to get you top dollar. If the insurance company refuses to negotiate fairly and only makes low-ball offers, our attorneys are experienced litigators and will file suit in court.

At MKP Law Group, LLP, we have personal injury attorneys that are highly experienced in handling dog bite injury & attack cases and have obtained large settlements on behalf of our clients.

Call 310-285-5353 or fill out the contact form below to discuss your case and legal options with our dog bite lawyers.

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