Have You Been Seriously Hurt by a Dog Bite?

There are times when a man’s best friend is not a man’s best friend

We love our pets, and for the most part, they unconditionally love us, too. But sometimes, animals will lash out. A dog may take a bite out of its owner, or attack a stranger if it feels threatened. Cats, horses, goats or just about any other kind of animal that man has domesticated is also capable of inflicting anything from a simple scratch to a life-threatening kick in the head. The results can be significant.

We are experienced animal attack attorneys and have dealt with a number of cases involving dog bites, horse kicks and a wide variety of other four-legged assaults on humans over the past several years.

It’s been our experience that in many instances, animal bites are accidents that could have been prevented. At other times, injuries caused by animals may be the result of a negligent owner or a vicious animal that has gotten loose.

Whatever the circumstances are, in California, dog owners are held to a level of responsibility known as “strict liability” when a dog bite takes place. Affixing blame in a dog bite case is already pre-determined. In all instances, the dog owner is responsible for their dog’s actions, no matter what the other circumstances are. This holds true even if the dog was on a leash, bites someone after they escape from behind fences on their own property, or attacks a person that has been welcomed onto the owner’s property.

This means if you are the victim of a dog bite attack or any type of animal attack, there’s a good chance you will be entitled to compensation for loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering and other related costs. Awards can be significant in cases where a dog bite leaves a person permanently disfigured with scars. Awards can increase even more when those scars are in highly visible parts of a person’s body, such as the face, neck, arms, legs or hands. Courts will take into account if a victim needs painful plastic surgery to repair damage caused by an animal, as well as the extent of their recovery period.

If you are the victim of any kind of an animal attack, it’s best to contact us as soon as possible so that we can counsel you immediately on the best way to proceed with your case.

Michael P. Rubin & Associates serves clients in Tarzana, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Studio City, Woodland Hills, West Hills, North Hollywood, Glendale, Burbank and surrounding California communities.