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Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles


Owners of all dogs have a duty to ensure that their pets do not pose any danger or harm to other individuals.  Unfortunately, some owners fail to adhere to this law.  Although everyone is at risk for such attacks, the majority of dog bite victims are young children.

The experienced personal injury attorneys from Normandie Law Firm have successfully handled cases protecting the rights of innocent victims of vicious dog bite attacks.  Call for a free consultation of your case at (800) 790-5422, and let the top Los Angeles legal team represent you today.

Common Injuries Resulting from Severe Animal Attacks: Some of the most common injuries associated with animal attacks are as follows:

  • Facial Scarring and disfigurement
  • Nerve damage – paralysis, and in severe cases, spinal cord injury and paraplegia
  • Eye injuries – K9 trauma sustained to the eye
  • Severe infections, including rabies, pasteurella, and hepatitis.
  • Amputation of the limbs, fingers, and nose
  • Brain injury due to trauma sustained to the head
  • Broken bones and knee ligament injuries from falling down due to an attack
  • Emotional trauma – individual victims frequently experience bouts of sustained port traumatic stress (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.

Filing a Lawsuit – Compensation For your Claim:

Victims of dog attacks caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of others are entitled to full and just compensation for their injuries. Personal injury lawsuits are commonly based on a negligence cause of action. Negligence essentially requires the proving of four elements

1. The defendants owed the plaintiff a duty – Owners owe all individuals, whether on a public street or on their premises, a duty to prevent attacks and bites inflicted by their pets.

2. The defendant owner of the animal breached his duty of care – A breach of a duty is usually proven by the facts of the case. Examples include failure to close a gate, failure to fasten a leash, and failure to train a dog known to have a dangerous proclivity for attacking others.

3. The breach of the duty resulted in an attack on the plaintiff.

4. The plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the attack.

Contact Normandie Law Firm to speak to an attorney experienced in dog bite cases to find out more about liability and duty of care.

Dog Bite Liability – Homeowners Policy:

Los Angeles Dog Bite AttorneyAccording to recent reports, dog bites account for one in three claims filed against homeowners’ insurance companies, amounting to over $500 million in compensation paid by insurance companies to victims. As a result of mounting claims, many insurances carriers have created carve-out exceptions for specific breeds; in particular, those with a high propensity for attacking individuals. Examples of breed-specific carve-outs include Pitbulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. In some instances, insurance companies have been known to create carve-out exceptions for all breeds. Despite the recent trend to carve out such claims, the vast majority of homeowners insurance policies still cover dog bite claims against innocent homeowners.

Compensation Available for Victims: Victims of serious injuries inflicted by the negligent or intentional acts of others are entitled to full and just financial recovery. The settlement amount in a personal injury case including dog bite claims is based on several factors, including:

  • The severity of the injuries suffered: Were the bites merely puncture wounds, or did they lead to broken bones and long-lasting damage?
  • The permanence of injuries: Whether they will require future medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, and revision surgeries for permanent scarring and disfigurement.
  • Level of pain and suffering: In the state of California, victims are entitled to compensation for the emotional trauma suffered as a result of their injuries.
  • Lost time at work: An injury that results in lost wages and/or loss of future income due to permanent injuries or disabilities.
  • Punitive damages: Punitive damages can be awarded in instances where the individual responsible for the K9 acted with either an intent to cause harm or acted in reckless disregard for the health and safety to others.

Statute of Limitations for Filing Civil Injury Lawsuit in the State of California:

Generally, victims of serious injuries, including dog bites, have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim in the court of law. Minors, or individuals under the age of 18, have two years from the date of their 18th birthdays to file a personal injury claim. Failure to file a claim in a timely manner may extinguish a victim’s right to compensation under the law. In certain circumstances, courts will allow a case to move forward even when the statute of limitations has run out. Some examples include:

  • Mental incapacitation of the victim
  • Physical incapacitation of the victim
  • Injuries did not manifest themselves until sometime after the dog attack

It is important to file a claim as swiftly as possible; the longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will be lost, witnesses will walk, and the cost of your settlement will decrease. Contact one of our lawyers at Normandie Law Firm so that you will never have to worry about missing the statute of limitations. Our leading law firm is punctual and attentive, and we never miss a deadline.

Why Pick Normandie? Simple. Our attorneys have experience in many personal injury cases, including those involving dog bites. Our skilled lawyers have been practicing law for years, and we know the ins and outs of the laws better than anyone else. By selecting Normandie, you are choosing an accomplished legal team that will place you, the client, first, and aggressively fight for your rights as a victim and argue for your fair compensation.

Cost of Legal Assistance: The experienced personal injury attorneys from our law firm work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means that you don’t have to pay any legal fees until and unless there is a successful settlement and resolution of your case. At the resolution of the lawsuit, our law firm takes a set percentage of the settlement as payment for incurred legal fees.

Free and Confidential Legal Consultation: All victims of harm are provided a free and confidential legal consultation regarding their cases. When you call us, we will connect you to a qualified attorney who will answer all of your questions and provide you with information regarding the legal process and what you can expect to experience. Feel free to contact our top-rated law firm toll-free (800)790-5422.

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