Dog attacks are often as shocking as they are unexpected. After you’ve dealt with the immediate medical situation, it’s hard to know what your next steps should be – especially if the dog owner is someone you know or have some type of relationship with, such as a family friend or neighbor.
As veteran personal injury attorneys in Southern California, the Cohn & Swartzon team has dealt with numerous dog attack cases and secured maximum compensation for victims. But how exactly can a dog bite lawyer help in your situation?
Let’s dig a little deeper.
Why Do Dog Attacks Require Legal Representation?
First, we should note that dog attacks are unfortunately common. One study found that roughly 1,000 people go to the emergency room every year to be treated for dog bite injuries, and sadly, children are more likely to experience head, face, and neck injuries in dog attacks.
Dog bite injuries can include painful lacerations, puncture wounds, and other serious forms of physical and emotional injury. If you were bitten by a dog and the owner or insurance carrier failed to offer fair compensation for your injuries, you may need to proceed with litigation.
People who own dogs can be held responsible for the harm from a dog bite, no matter how carefully they guard or restrain their dogs.
California has strict liability laws that hold owners responsible for their dog’s actions. If you want to maximize compensation for your injuries in the wake of a dog attack, you’ll need a skilled legal representative who can make a strong case on your behalf.
Cohn & Swartzon Helps Dog Bite Victims in Orange County
Several different types of insurance policies may cover dog bites and attacks, including renter’s insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and umbrella policies. However, coverage may depend on the actual breed of dog as some breeds are excluded from coverage.
With the right legal team on your side, you can identify who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries. The Cohn & Swartzon team has helped lots of dog bite victims obtain the compensation they deserve because our attorneys know how insurance companies operate – and how to hold them accountable.
“It’s not uncommon for victims to be bitten by dogs that belong to a friend, a neighbor, or even a family member. This shouldn’t stop you from seeking compensation, because dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions and behavior. They have a duty to keep others safe from harm.”
– Jason Cohn, Founding Partner & Personal Injury Attorney
Conversely, without a dog attack lawyer, you may find yourself with insufficient funds to cover your medical costs, lost wages, therapy, counseling, and other essential concerns.
In short, the real question is not “How can a dog bite lawyer help me?” The question you should be asking is, “Can I afford not to get help from a dog bite lawyer?” Because the answer to that question could define your recovery journey in the days, weeks, and months to come.