If you have been bitten by a dog in Glendale, it is important to understand what you can expect if you file a claim for financial compensation. While it is important not to set unrealistic expectations, it is crucial not to underestimate the value of your claim, as doing so may cause you to either (i) forego asserting your legal rights, or (ii) settle for significantly less than you deserve.
Recovering Financial Compensation for a Dog Bite in California
While there are many aspects of dog bite claims that make them unique from other types of personal injury claims, the fundamental concepts underlying victims’ right to be compensated are the same. As a victim, you are entitled to just compensation for all of your economic and non-economic losses, including your current and future:
- Medical treatment costs
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Prescription costs
- Psychological and psychiatric therapy costs
- Loss of income (including lost future earning capacity)
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Social anxiety and embarrassment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other financial and non-financial losses
California’s dog bite law imposes “strict liability” on dog owners for all losses resulting from their dogs’ attacks. This means that proof of negligence is not required (i.e. it is not necessary to prove that the owner knew the dog was dangerous or that it inadvertently allowed the dog to escape its enclosure). Additionally, due to the strict liability nature of California’s dog bite law, most dog owners have insurance to cover bite victims’ losses, typically under their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy.
How Much areYou Entitled to Recover for Your Losses?
With these general principles in mind, how much are you entitled to recover for the losses you have sustained (and that you will continue to sustain in the future) as a result of your dog bite injuries? The answer to this question will depend on several factors that are unique to your case, including:
- What is the nature and extent of your injuries?
- Are you unable to work as a result of your injuries (either temporarily or permanently)?
- Will your injuries leave you permanently scarred, disfigured, or disabled?
- Have you suffered emotional trauma as a result of the attack?
- Do your physical injuries or emotional trauma prevent you from participating in social engagements, hobbies, or other activities of daily living?
As an example, in one recent case we represented a young man who suffered a torn tear duct and eyelid after being attacked by a homeowner’s dog. His injuries required reconstructive surgery, and he suffered substantial financial and non-financial harm as a result of the attack. For this client, we were able to secure a compensation award of $500,000.
As we mentioned, all cases are different, and past settlements and verdicts do not suggest or guarantee future results for other clients.
Calculating Your Current and Future Losses from a Dog Bite
In order to calculate your personal losses resulting from a dog bite, you will need to work closely with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will need to ask you lots of questions in order to learn everything there is to learn about the physical, financial, and emotional effects of your injuries. With this information in hand, your lawyer can then provide an estimate of your potential recovery, and you can make an informed decision about moving forward with your dog bite claim.
Find Out What Your Dog Bite Claim is Worth at Megeredchian Law
If you would like to find out how much you may be entitled to recover for your dog bite injuries, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Glendale personal injury attorneys. You can reach us 24/7, so call 818-530-1300 or send us your contact information online now.