San Bernardino Dog Bite Lawyer

San Bernardino Dog Bite Attorney

Dogs are widely regarded as man’s best friend and are popular pets in San Bernardino and throughout the state. While most people are fortunate to regularly have positive encounters with dogs, some unfortunately suffer extreme injuries from unexpected dog attacks. Any dog is capable of inflicting severe wounds on a person without provocation, even dogs with no known history of past aggression. When these incidents happen, victims and their families are likely to wonder whether they have any grounds for legal recourse.

Experienced Legal Counsel for Dog Bite Claims in San Bernardino, CA

If you are struggling in the aftermath of a dog attack, a San Bernardino dog bite attorney is the ideal resource to consult. An experienced attorney can help you determine fault for the accident and prove the extent of the damages you could potentially recover from the defendant responsible for the attack. While a dog bite claim in San Bernardino is a type of personal injury claim in San Bernardino, there are special rules for this sort of case that you must understand before taking any formal steps toward seeking accountability and compensation for your damages.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of professional experience helping clients in San Bernardino and surrounding communities with all sorts of personal injury cases, including those pertaining to dog attacks. We know how damaging and traumatic this type of incident can be and that the average victim is likely to have many pressing legal questions they cannot answer on their own. When you choose our firm to represent your dog bite claim, you are investing in a seasoned legal advocate ready to provide guidance and support when you need it most.

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Understanding the Strict Liability Rule for Dog Attacks

Some states enforce one-bite rules, which give dog owners a chance to avoid serious liability for the damages their pets might cause. Under these rules, the first time a dog bites someone, the owner is only responsible for the victim’s medical expenses. If the dog attacks a second time, the owner will face greater financial responsibility for the victim’s damages. California has no such law and instead enforces a strict liability rule for dog attacks. Under strict liability, the dog owner is fully responsible for all damages their pet inflicts on another party, regardless of whether the dog has attacked before and/or has any known history of aggression.

There are only two prerequisites the plaintiff must satisfy for strict liability to apply to their claim. First, they may not have provoked the attack. If they attacked the dog owner or abused the dog and the dog reacted defensively, strict liability does not apply. Second, they must have been legally present wherever the attack occurred. For example, if you are walking on a public sidewalk and a passing dog attacks you unexpectedly, strict liability would apply because you were legally present on the sidewalk. However, if someone breaks into another person’s home and the homeowner’s dog attacks them, strict liability will not apply because the trespasser was not legally present in the home.

Your San Bernardino dog bite attorney can assist you in gathering any evidence you may need to firmly establish strict liability for the attack. Once you are certain that strict liability applies to your case, your attorney can proceed with helping you determine the extent of the damages you can seek from the defendant.

Claiming Compensation for a Dog Attack in San Bernardino

The objective of a personal injury suit is for the plaintiff to prove fault for the damages they suffered and to recover compensation for those damages from the defendant who injured them. After proving fault and asserting strict liability for the dog attack, the plaintiff’s next focus should be proving the exact scope of the damages they suffered and proving they resulted from the attack alone, and not some other cause.

The average personal injury claim can involve three forms of damages: economic, non-economic, and punitive. Economic damages are the most straightforward and include any direct financial losses the plaintiff suffered because of the defendant’s actions. Your San Bernardino dog bite attorney can potentially help you recover economic damages such as:

  • Medical treatment costs. When you have suffered physical harm because of another party’s actions, they are liable for the cost of all medical care you will need to recover as fully as possible. Dog attacks can not only result in bite-related injuries like puncture wounds, lacerations, and nerve damage, but also serious traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and damage to internal organs. Your San Bernardino dog bite attorney can help to ensure all the physical harm you experienced is properly acknowledged in your claim.
  • Property damage. If the dog also damaged or destroyed any of your personal property, you can include these losses in your personal injury claim as economic damages.
  • Lost wages. If you have been left unable to work after your dog attack due to the severity of your injuries, the defendant who injured you is responsible for the money you were unable to earn during this time. A good attorney can also help you recover recompense for all paid time off you were forced to use because of the incident.
  • Lost future income. When a plaintiff has suffered a catastrophic injury because of a defendant’s actions, they may be unable to return to work in the future, or their earning capacity may be severely diminished. If your dog attack has permanently impacted your ability to earn money in the future, your attorney can help you secure compensation for the future income you are no longer able to earn. They can calculate this amount based on your age, current earning level, and the length of time you would have reasonably expected to continue working if you hadn’t been injured.

The average plaintiff should be able to assess immediately noticeable economic damages like hospital bills on their own, but accurately calculating long-term economic losses is more challenging. After your San Bernardino dog bite attorney has helped you assess the extent of the economic damages you can seek from the defendant in your case, the next step is determining suitable pain and suffering recompense to include in your personal injury claim.

Attorneys in California personal injury cases generally use two methods to calculate pain and suffering recompense for their clients:

  1. If the plaintiff has suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in permanent disability, their attorney is likely to seek a large lump sum of pain and suffering recompense calculated using the multiplier method. The attorney adds the total of the plaintiff’s economic damages and then multiplies this amount by a factor that reflects the overall severity of their condition.
  2. If the plaintiff is expected to make a complete recovery in the short term, their attorney is more likely to use a per diem calculation. They determine a suitable amount of daily pain and suffering recompense and then multiply this amount by the number of days it takes the plaintiff to fully recover. For example, $300 per day for a 100-day recovery period would amount to $30,000 in pain and suffering recompense.

For most personal injury clients in San Bernardino, pain and suffering recompense comprises the bulk of their case awards. Additionally, punitive damages may come into play if the facts of the case show that the dog owner was negligent in their handling of their dog. For example, if the dog had previously attacked someone and the owner failed to follow restrictions placed on them following the first attack, they could face punitive damages as well as criminal prosecution, depending on the details of the situation.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have extensive experience handling the most complex civil claims for damages on behalf of clients throughout the San Bernardino area. We know you are likely to have many pressing concerns in the aftermath of your dog attack, and you need reliable legal guidance in this difficult situation to help you recover as fully as possible. When you choose our firm to represent your dog bite claim in San Bernardino, you will have a responsive legal advocate readily available to address your concerns and answer your questions throughout your civil court proceedings. The sooner you connect with legal counsel that you trust, the more likely you are to succeed with your case.

Dog Bite Law FAQs

Q: Why Do I Need to Hire a San Bernardino Dog Bite Lawyer?

A: While hiring legal counsel for your dog bite case isn’t strictly required by law, having legal representation that you trust on your side will make handling your case much easier and you will be more likely to maximize your total recovery with their help. The right San Bernardino dog bite attorney can make every aspect of your claim easier to manage, and you will be more likely to uncover every available channel of compensation. You will also be more likely to streamline your proceedings, securing compensation much faster than you could handle on your own.

Q: Can a Plaintiff Share the Fault for a Dog Bite?

A: The state upholds the pure comparative fault rule in cases in which multiple parties share fault for causing the damages. If a plaintiff bears any fault for causing their claimed damages, they lose a percentage of the total compensation won from the defendant. Dog bite cases unfold under a strict liability rule, meaning a dog owner is fully liable for any and all damages their pet inflicts on another party. The prerequisites for strict liability include legal presence at the location of the incident and lack of provocation. If you are concerned about bearing partial fault in a dog bite claim, your attorney can explain how any such variables may influence the outcome of your case.

Q: How Much Recompense Can I Claim for a Dog Attack in San Bernardino?

A: If you can establish strict liability for the dog attack you recently experienced, a good attorney can help you hold the dog owner accountable for the full scope of economic losses you suffered from the attack as well as compensation for your long-term economic damages like ongoing medical treatment costs and lost future earning capacity. Additionally, you can claim as much pain and suffering recompense as you believe to be appropriate to reflect the severity of your experience.

Q: How Long Will It Take to Finalize My Dog Bite Injuries Case?

A: The majority of personal injury claims filed do not end in the courtroom and are usually resolved during settlement negotiations. During the settlement negotiation process, the parties involved in the case will meet privately to discuss mutually acceptable terms for resolving the case. As long as they can reach a compromise, settlement may only take a few weeks. By comparison, litigation could take more than a year to complete, and the final outcome will depend on a judge’s discretion.

Q: What Does It Cost to Hire a San Bernardino Dog Bite Attorney?

A: It’s natural to worry about how much it might cost to hire an attorney to help you with your dog bite claim, but expensive legal fees are not a concern if you choose Easton & Easton to represent your case. We take personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning our client only pays a fee after we win their case, and their fee is a percentage of the total recovered. There is no fee at all if we are unable to secure compensation for you, so there is no financial risk to choosing our team to represent you.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have decades of professional experience in California personal injury law and our firm has successfully represented many past clients in complex dog attack claims. We know the various legal obstacles you may need to overcome in your efforts to recover from the dog attack you experienced, and our team is standing by to provide the guidance and support you need in this difficult situation. Contact Easton & Easton today to set up your consultation with an experienced San Bernardino dog bite attorney to start working toward recovery with confidence.

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