Certain breeds of dogs have bite strengths of 235 to 600 pounds of pressure. With that type of force, victims of dog bites can suffer skin abrasions, infection, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), puncture wounds, open wounds, torn ligaments, torn tendons, nerve damage, loss of use of hands or feet, fractured bones, ear damage, loss of a toe, finger, or eye, and/or pain and suffering. These devastating injuries can require reconstructive surgery and/or physical rehabilitation. The Law Office of Brian H. Turner knows the lasting impact of a dog bite and will work to protect your right to receive necessary compensation.
Under California law, the owner of the dog is responsible for all damages caused by his or her dog regardless of whether or not that owner was aware of the dog’s dangerous nature. This strict liability approach in California means that a dog bite victim is entitled to recover compensation from the dog’s owner even if the dog has no prior history of biting. To be entitled to recovery, the victim must have been bitten or attacked in a public place or while lawfully on private property.
A victim of a dog bite or dog attack should seek immediate medical attention for any injuries. Talk to the dog’s owner to get his contact information and the dog’s vaccination history. Pictures should be taken of the wound, scene of the incident, and dog, if possible. For a review of your dog bite injuries and possible compensation, contact the Law Office of Brian H. Turner.