Situated in the southern part of California, Ventura County is famous for having half its area consist of national forest. It grows citrus fruits and hemp. Several of the county’s communities are considered desirable for families, such as Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and Moorpark.

Even in some of the safest communities such as those across Ventura County, dog owners are not immune from the danger and heartache that dog bites bring. In fact, in 2019 an aggressive dog returned to its family eventually killed its owner. These types of horrific dog attacks (that may lead to wrongful death cases) are not the kind we expect from our family pets.

Unfortunately, the truth is that even the most gentle dogs can turn aggressive in an instant if they are cornered, threatened, or even see sudden movements. If you or a loved one in Ventura County are suffering from a dog bite injury, there are certain things to keep in mind.

Do You Need a Ventura County Dog Bite Injury Lawyer?

Insurance estimates suggest that even though five million Americans are likely bitten by dogs each year, only a fraction of animal attack victims seek compensation. In some cases, a bite is from a small dog and may not seem sufficiently serious to merit a visit to the emergency room.

In other cases, the bite victim may seek medical help but not realize that home and renters’ insurance policies cover these types of injuries. Or, a dog’s owner may offer a private settlement and persuade a bite victim to accept the money. Often these types of settlements fall short of the actual expenses incurred by the dog’s bite and the subsequent medical attention required.

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. Our team is experienced, attentive, dependable, and tenacious so call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

In Some Cases, You May Have to Take on the Owner and the Insurer

In some cases, it may take the help of a Ventura County Dog Bite Injury Lawyer to get the pet’s owner or their insurer to even acknowledge the injuries you sustained.

As with most personal injury cases, the negligent party or even the insurance provider will try to minimize the severity of any injury. However, this just means that the injured party is left suffering from the aftermath of the injury. In the case of a dog bite, these animals’ strong musculature, wide mouth, or large head can leave long-lasting damage to the victim’s skin and bones.

Some insurance companies try to avoid liability. Therefore, they exclude specific dog breeds from being insured by dog owners. Examples of breed restrictions include Akitas, Chow Chows, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers. If this is the case with the insurer you are dealing with, you need legal advice in order to understand your rights according to California law.

A dog bite lawsuit may be necessary to get you the compensation you are owed following a dog bite injury that qualifies as a personal injury case.

Sometimes, the other side may try to turn around and blame you for the bite. For example, some statistics claim that people who are anxious or nervous are 22% more likely to become dog bite victims. Even if you have a legal right to be on the property, the other side may claim that they should not be liable. This reasoning most commonly affects gardeners, technicians reading meters, and delivery people.

What Kind of Dog Bite Injuries Can Earn Compensation?

Imagine going about your business, riding your bike, loading groceries in your car, or walking down the street when a dog attack occurs with zero warning or provocation.

Not only would you be terrified, but you may be left with anything from a small scratch to a catastrophic injury. Regardless of the severity, often dog bite victims are left to treat their wounds without knowing that they may be able to seek compensation for damage incurred according to personal injury law.

Working with an MKP Law Group, LLP’s dog bite attorney can ensure you have someone on your side to understand your rights. There is a clear difference between surviving dog bites and recovering from dog bite attacks. 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

It’s important to work with a personal injury lawyer to access your case and determine whether you have a legal claim. Legal experts have methods to provide estimates for the amount of damages that you may be entitled to recover according to your injury and will help you in recovering the maximum compensation.

Why do dogs attack?

Animal rights organizations believe that 78% of dogs are kept for fighting, breeding, guarding, or just to enhance the owner’s image. This large percentage of dogs is much more likely to demonstrate aggressive behavior. The reality is that while many dog owners treat their dogs with love and kindness, many more dog owners’ poor behaviors result in a dog acting more aggressive and defensive.

Another factor to consider is the dog’s neuter status. An intact dog is 77.9% more likely to attack someone.

The National Canine Research Council uncovered 7 controllable factors related to dog bite fatalities. Their analysis suggested that when 4 or more of these factors present, the chances of a dog bite fatality compounds.

  1. No other person around to intervene →  86.9%
  2. The victim had no relationship with the dog → 83.7%
  3. The dog was not neutered or spayed → 77.9%
  4. The compromised physical ability of victim → 68.7%
  5. The dog is kept as a resident dog rather than a family pet → 70.4%
  6. Mismanagement of the dog → 39.3%
  7. Owner’s abuse or neglect of dog → 20.6%

Learn more about dog bites at our stats page here: 25+ Important Dog Bite Statistics & Bites by Breed for 2020-2021

Contact MKP Law Group, LLP Today

In California, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a dog bite personal injury claim. That means claims must be filed within 2 years following the exact date of the incident. So, to ensure you have adequate time to collect evidence and examine your case, it’s better to speak with an experienced dog bite attorney as soon as possible.

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 across Ventura County 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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