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Dog Bites

Riverside Dog Bite Attorney

Dog Bite Injury Claims

If you, your child, or a loved one has been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner. At Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation, our Riverside dog bite attorneys possess over 45 years of experience settling and litigating negligent accident injury claims throughout the Inland Empire. We can help you win fair and just compensation that will cover your medical expenses, emotional trauma, and more.

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Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Getting bitten by a dog might not sound like a regular or threatening occurrence, but canine attacks can actually have very serious consequences. Dogs bite around 4.7 million people every year according to Petpedia, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 800,000 of these annual attacks require medical attention. Injuries can be caused by a dog’s sharp teeth and claws, their large size and heavy weight, and bacteria that live in a dog’s mouth.

The following injuries are common after a dog bite accident:

  • Brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Deep wounds or lacerations
  • Infections, like rabies
  • Loss of limb (amputation)
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Puncture wounds
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Dog Bite Liability

Under California's dog bite law, the owner of a dog is generally held strictly liable if his dog bites another person causing that person to be injured. In other words, owner's liability does not depend on whether the owner was negligent in the way they kept or controlled their dog while it was out in public or even on their own property, but rather the law imposes automatic liability on the owner from the mere fact that their dog bit another person and caused injury.

An exception to this general rule can occur when the person bitten by the dog has actually provoked or taunted the dog in some way causing the animal to bite them when it otherwise would not have done so without such provocation.

This rule of strict liability imposed on the owner also applies regardless of whether the dog had any vicious propensities to bite people or even that the owner had no such knowledge of the dog's vicious propensity to bite human beings.

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How to Prove Liability in a Dog Bite Case

The first thing that you should do following a dog bite is to wash it thoroughly with soap and water to remove any bacteria, then bandage it to stop any bleeding. If your injuries are severe, or the bleeding will not stop, head to the hospital at once. Once you have taken care of your own health and wellbeing, there are some steps you should aim to take immediately in order to establish liability.

After you have been bitten by a dog, do the following as soon as your injury has been properly treated:

  • Find out who owns the dog that attacked you, if you don’t know. Ask witnesses or neighbors for help.
  • Write down the dog owner's contact information, the breed of their dog, and whether the dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations.
  • Ask anyone who witnessed the attack for their contact information as well.
  • Take photos of the location of the accident and your injuries.
  • Report the incident to your local Animal Services.
  • Keep records of anything related to the accident, especially your medical expenses and lost wages.
  • Write down any other details you think important, such as any struggles that arise as a result of the accident.

An experienced and local dog bite attorney can help you prove liability as well as use their knowledge of California law to build you a strong case that will hold up during settlement negotiations and trial. Though most claims settle before making it all the way to the courtroom, we are willing to go to trial on your behalf. The legal team at Ryneal & Ryneal always seeks whatever solution is best for our clients and will stop at nothing to secure the compensation you deserve.

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Damages You Can Recover in a Riverside Dog Bite Claim

When you file a dog bite injury claim, the goal is to receive damages that will cover any losses you suffered as a result of the accident. There are two types of damages: economic and non-economic. Both are awarded through monetary compensation—non-economic damages are so named simply because the compensation is based off something that isn’t financial in nature.

Examples of damages you can receive compensation for after a dog bite include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Hospitalization costs
  • Surgery costs
  • Permanent injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
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  • Severe Burn Injuries $10,300,000

    Settlement against several utility companies for client who sustained severe burn injuries from a gas explosion.

  • Permanent Injuries $4,200,000

    Settlement for client who suffered permanent injuries due to car vs. big rig accident.

  • Severe Injuries $3,200,000

    Verdict against U. S. government for minor child who suffered severe injuries due to car accident.

  • Serious Injuries $2,600,000

    Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries due to freeway car accident.

  • Permanent Injuries $1,800,000

    Verdict for client who suffered permanent injuries sustained in auto accident.

  • Wrongful Death $1,700,000

    Verdict for family for wrongful death of a sewer maintenance worker killed in gas explosion.

  • Permanent Injuries $1,400,000

    Verdict for minor child who sustained permanent injuries due to medical malpractice.

  • Severe Head & Spinal Injuries $1,300,000

    Product liability verdict for woman who suffered severe head and spinal injuries caused by defective commercial lighting fixture falling on her.

  • Slip & Fall $1,000,000

    Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries in slip and fall accident.

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