A dog attack can be traumatic and result in painful injuries. Many people do not receive the proper compensation after they are bitten by a dog. That is why it is important to hire a dog bite lawyer. Our firm has been trained to handle personal injury cases. We have been able to get millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Reasons To Hire A Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer
Some people do not want to go to court after suffering a dog attack. In fact, it is estimated that 98 percent of bodily injury cases are never taken to trial. There are no downsides to getting the help of an attorney. This will ensure that the case will be handled in the proper manner.
An attorney is the only person who can properly evaluate a case. People often publish pictures of their bites along with the amount of money they have received. That is why it is difficult for an injured person to know exactly how much money they deserve. Pacific Attorney Group has an easy time closing cases because we have experience in the field.
People may suffer lost wages while they are recovering from a dog bite. It can be difficult to file a claim for lost wages. You have to provide proof of the lost income, the missed time and the amount of money that you have lost. A Los Angeles dog bite lawyer knows how to calculate these lost wages.
People who have been severely disfigured as the result of a dog bite may be able to get compensated for future earnings. An attorney can determine how much money will adequately cover the problem. People who are not able to return to work will need to have a solid source of income in order to cover their living expenses.
A reputable dog bite lawyer will use private sources in order to obtain photos of the injuries, medical evidence and may work with a private investigator. It can be difficult for an injured person to do this.
Dog Bite Laws In Los Angeles
There are many laws in Los Angeles that pertain to dog bites. Los Angeles is a strict liability state, which means that dog owners can be held responsible for injuries and damages. Owners may be held responsible even if they did not know that the dog was aggressive. Additionally, an owner may be held responsible for a dog bite that occurs on private property.
Los Angeles also recognizes common law negligence. This refers to dogs not being properly leashed, contained or fenced. For example, if a dog attacks a person at a park while not on a leash, then the owner can be held responsible. Additionally, there are also community laws.
There are time limits that are set on when a person can file a claim, so it is important to start the process as soon as possible. Los Angeles has a one-year statute of limitations. There is a two-year statute of limitations for common law negligence.
A Dog Bite Attorney Can Handle Insurance Claims
It is estimated that 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog every year. Only three percent of these people are compensated by insurance claims. It is not likely that a person will be able to receive the proper compensation without a dog bite attorney. Insurance adjusters will only give you a fraction of what you can get if you hire an attorney. Skilled attorneys can fight for clients’ rights and know how to deal with insurance companies.
Other Reasons To Hire An Attorney
If a person attempts to file a dog bite claim without an attorney, then this can cause resentment among the dog owners and prosecutors. An attorney will not confront the dog owner. Every claim will be handled in a professional manner.
A lawyer will also help the insurance company get a better estimate from the insurance company. It is easier to settle a claim when an attorney is present. A lawyer will ensure that all of the information is correct. They will also make sure that there is sufficient evidence.