Every year, over 350,000 Americans are seen in emergency rooms due to injuries sustained in a dog bite. A full 850,000 need medical attention for the same reason. The CDC estimates 4.5 million people are victims of dog bites every year. These are serious statistics, and if you are one of those who are bitten, then you understand the trauma that these injuries can cause. Unfortunately, getting fair compensation for your injures and holding the dog’s owners responsible for the actions of the animal can be challenging. If you are facing the realities of a dog bite, Rafik Kamell of the Kamell Lawyers Group is here to ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover fully from your injuries.
Understanding Your Rights in a Dog Bite Case
According to California’s dog bite laws, the owner of a dog is liable for the injuries of an individual if two factors are true. First, the damages are directly connected to the dog’s bite. Second, the person was bitten in a public place or when they were lawfully in a private place. In other words, you have the right to expect to be safe around dogs when you are out in public or if you are in a private place you have the right to be. If you are bitten, you have the right to seek compensation and hold the owner of the dog liable for your injuries. However, if you unlawfully enter private property and are bitten, the owner may not be liable.
In California, owners are held strictly liable for their dogs. They cannot claim that they did not think the dog would be aggressive. If the dog bites, and the victim is in a lawful place, then the owner is liable.
Act Quickly to Ensure Full Compensation for Your Dog Bite Case
If you have been bitten and feel that your injuries are in line with these laws, you need to talk to a lawyer right away. The statute of limitations for personal injuries, including dog bites, in California is quite short, so you need to start the process of seeking compensation soon after your injuries.
Attorney Rafik Kamell is here to fight for your rights. Serving clients nationwide from an office in La Habra, California, Attorney Rafik Kamell and the entire team at the Kamell Lawyers Group has earned a reputation for aggressive legal service. With a proven track record of success, they will go to work for you to ensure your rights are protected.