Dog Bite Accident Attorneys in Mountain View, CA
The Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady has over 40 years of experience working with clients who are facing personal injury cases. Dog bites can range from a scratch to serious nerve and muscle damage. When the injury is severe, you have a lot to consider. Whether the owner is someone you know or a stranger, a serious injury can leave a lasting effect. Serious dog bite injuries can lead to a negative impact on your life and livelihood. If you have been the victim of a dog bite injury, you should contact an attorney that can collect information applicable to your case and hold the owner responsible. Dog owners are generally liable for their dog’s actions and you can recover damages that can make you whole when facing an unknown future. If you need an attorney to assist you through your personal injury matter, contact The Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady for a consultation.
Dog Bite Liability in California
Under California Civil Code 3342(a), dog owners are liable for any damages sustained by someone who was bitten by their dog in either a public or lawfully private place. This is true regardless of any vicious propensity and whether the owner knew that the dog had vicious tendencies. It is also important to note that this is only the case if the accident victim was lawfully on the property where they were attacked. If the victim was trespassing, they may not have a case.
What should I do after being attacked by a dog?
If you are attacked by a dog, it is important to clean the wound and determine if medical care is necessary. Some of the many injuries people suffer because of a dog attack include:
- torn skin
- tendons and muscle damage
- lasting nerve damage
- serious disfigurement and scarring
- broken bones
Sometimes, being attacked by a dog can even result in psychological trauma as well. It is not uncommon for a dog bite to subject a person to post-traumatic stress disorder. If your injuries are serious, seek medical attention. Doing so can help document some of the facts of your case and help you get the care you need. If possible, collect information about the dog owner and the dog itself. You should also be sure to obtain the name and address of the dog’s owner, the breed of dog, any history of aggression, the dog’s vaccination history, and more. This information is critical in building your case. Additionally, if someone witnessed the attack, speak to them about what they saw, and collect their contact information as well.
Contact a Santa Clara County Dog Bite Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a dog bite accident, it is essential that you have quality legal representation on your side. These incidents often result in serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens for years to come. The Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady has proudly represented clients for over 40 years and helped to recover the compensation they are entitled to. To discuss your case with a legal team you can count on, contact our firm today.