When the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one are attacked by someone’s dog, the last thing on your mind is “What are my rights in this situation?”
But as the attorneys at Cohn & Swartzon will tell you from experience, knowing your rights and who is at fault in the aftermath of a dog bite can have a major impact on your ability to recover from a severe attack. Choosing the right attorneys for dog bites in Southern California is also essential, and we’ll explain why below.
What Rights Do I Have After a Dog Bite?
California has stringent “strict liability” dog bite laws in place, which means that owners can be held responsible for damages their dog inflicts regardless of whether or not the dog has been aggressive or shown violent and dangerous propensities before. Further, the owner can be liable whether the dog is on public or private property.
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog owned by another person, you have the right to pursue a claim, but your rights don’t end there. If the dog owner and/or their insurance company offers you a settlement that does not cover the damages incurred, you have the right to reject that offer and proceed with litigation.
Why Should I Work With Attorneys for Dog Bites?
Serious dog bites often require hospitalization, plastic surgery, physical therapy, and a long recovery process that can have a severe impact on your quality of life. Dealing with these aftereffects is a major undertaking, and can also include mental and emotional challenges like post-traumatic stress that need to be addressed by a professional.
Working with an attorney on your dog bite claim is beneficial because it frees you up to stay focused on your recovery while your attorney not only takes the stress and worry off your shoulders, but handles all the legal aspects of your case. An experienced attorney will also provide knowledgeable counsel so you can make informed decisions throughout the process.
Why Are Cohn & Swartzon the Right Attorneys for Dog Bite Victims?
If you or a loved one were bitten, attacked, or injured by someone else’s dog, Cohn & Swartzon can help you prove your case and recover as much compensation as possible under the circumstances
The Cohn & Swartzon team has helped numerous dog bite victims assert their rights and pursue compensation throughout Southern California. We negotiate (and litigate when needed) with dog owners, their insurance carriers, and,, their attorneys, to ensure that our clients get the best possible chance to recover fully and regain a normal life.
“Animal attacks can be extremely traumatic, and victims who are entitled to compensation for damages shouldn’t have to suffer more because of a drawn-out claims process or insufficient offer. Our firm has a proven track record in dog bite cases because we take provable cases that are likely to succeed despite whatever the insurance companies may say.”
– Saar Swartzon, Founding Principal, Cohn & Swartzon
If you want to maximize compensation for the damages you or someone you love has suffered in a dog attack, the right attorney can make all the difference. Contact Cohn & Swartzon now to learn more about how we can help.