What To Know About Dog Bites To Get Compensated Properly

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What To Know About Dog Bites To Get Compensated Properly

Did you suffer from a dog or animal attack? It can be a very traumatic and painful experience, causing not just severe physical harm, but also long-lasting psychological scars. This is especially true for children who experience these types of attacks.

 That being said, trying to sue for damages on the basis of an animal attack can be quite complicated, and selecting the right lawyer for the job is essential. That's because the laws surrounding dog attacks and the like can be quite confusing and complicated. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't sue if you actually are eligible for it!

 With that in mind, let's talk about dog bites and animal attacks and what there is to know about it law-wise:

 What Types Of Injuries Can Be Sustained From Dog Bites?

 There are many types of injuries that you can be met with when attacked and bit by a dog:

 1. Lacerations And Puncture Wounds

 Those are the most common types of injuries. It's especially common for such wounds to occur on your extremities—arms and legs mostly. Usually, such wounds are superficial and heal over a period of weeks, but they sometimes can cause serious damage to your nerves and blood vessels and can also lead to other issues.

 2. Infections

 Infection is usually a secondary problem to lacerations and puncture wounds. Usually, they are the results of dog saliva being mixed with your blood, and they can cause serious health complications.

 3. Fall Damage

 Fall damage can be caused by a dog throwing the victim into the air, such as a child, or knocking an individual down, causing fall-related injuries. This also expands into other things, such as broken bones, that can be a direct result of the fall caused by an attacking dog.

 4. Psychological Trauma

 This is often overlooked, but it can be just as devastating as physical trauma. Some victims of dog bites and animal attacks develop post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as depression.

 What Are The Legal Implications Of A Dog Attack?

 There are several legal implications that can result from a dog attack. First, it may be necessary to file a civil lawsuit against the owner of the dog that attacked you or your child. If you can prove that the owner was negligent in some way, then you should have no problem with pursuing a claim against the dog owner.

 Another issue is the issue of pets being on private property. If a dog that is owned by someone attacks someone on private property, then the owner of the dog may be held liable for the attack.

 What If I Am The Victim Of A Dog Attack?

 If you are the victim of a dog bite attack, then it's very necessary to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Not only will you need to treat the physical wounds, but you may also need to seek mental treatment for the possible post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological issues.

 In regards to the dog itself, the dog owner might have to pay for the damages done to you and any third parties involved int he attack. They may also be held responsible for any punitive damages that you seek. This is where you should also hire a lawyer to assist you in your case.

 What Are Punitive Damages?

 Punitive damages are damages that are sought by the victim of an accident and are meant to punish the individual responsible for the accident and the injury. Usually, if the judge decides to award punitive damages, it's usually pretty high—around $100,000. Keep in mind that the amount can differ on a case-by-case basis.

 Furthermore, your lawyer might also sue for compensation for medical expenses. If you suffered severe injuries, then reimbursement for your medical treatment should be sought, along with compensation for pain and suffering. Compensation for out-of-pocket expenses, such as money paid for prescription medication, lost wages, and so on, may also be sought.

 How Can An Animal Attack Attorney Help Me?

 You may not be aware, but the laws surrounding dog attacks and similar incidents are extremely complex. With numerous variables at play, it is imperative to have an attorney specializing in animal attack cases by your side.

 They will be able to help you collect the necessary evidence and paperwork to prove that you were attacked and bit and that the dog owner was indeed negligent in one way or another. They will also be able to help you understand the laws as they pertain to dog attacks and explain how exactly you can get compensated for your injuries and what the court might award you.

 How Do I Pick The Right Animal Attack Attorney?

 One of the most important aspects of a dog bite lawsuit is your lawyer. There are several things you should look for when looking to hire a lawyer:

 1. Experience In Handling Dog Bite Cases

 Obviously, it's always necessary to find an experienced lawyer to handle your case. The more experience a lawyer has, the better their chances of winning your case.

 2. Personal Experience With Dog Attacks

 It's always good to have a lawyer that has personal experience with handling dog-related lawsuits. They may be able to provide you with insight that a lawyer with no personal experience can't.

 3. One That Specializes In Pet-Related Cases

 Not every lawyer specializes in dog bites and animal attacks. As such, it's always best to find one that specializes in those cases because they will be better able to deal with the specifics of animal-related cases. While not all will have an all-around knowledge specifically about dog attacks, having experience in pet-related cases can help tremendously.


Legally speaking, dog attack cases can be challenging to handle. However, if you find an experienced attorney who specializes in these types of cases, you should be able to successfully pursue a claim. Take the time to search for a lawyer who is knowledgeable in these matters, and you will likely be glad you did. This way, you can receive the compensation you are entitled to and focus on healing and recovering from the attack, without having to worry about financial difficulties or other problems.

 Mendez & Sanchez Law offers expert attorneys in California that can help you navigate through difficult legal landscapes and get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for the dog bite lawyer that you need!

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