What Can I Do If a Dog Bites My Kid?
Nothing is more terrifying than watching your child suffer, especially when it involves a violent dog attack. Children are particularly exposed during these attacks and can suffer lifelong injuries. If your child was bitten by a dog in California, then there are certain steps you should take to heal your child and protect your legal right to compensation.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
Immediately following the bite, you may be worried about what to do next. Our team at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, has represented clients injured by dogs throughout Los Angeles County and understands how to move forward.
After your child is attacked by a dog, you should:
- Make sure your child is safe
- Get him/her medical attention as soon as possible
- Take photos of the dog
- Get the contact information and insurance details of the dog’s owner
- Collect contact information of any witnesses
- Report the bite to your city’s animal control officer and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Talk to an attorney about your options
Your Right to File a Claim
After a dog has bitten your child, it is natural to feel scared and angry. Dog bites can result in serious injuries and infections, as well as lasting scars – both physical and emotional. Children often need therapy to avoid developing a lifelong fear of dogs (“cynophobia”). All of this can cost a pretty penny, and you may be wondering about your legal options.
Many parents ask if they can sue the dog’s owner. According to California’s liability laws, dog owners can be held personally responsible for paying for an attack. While this is an option, most dog bites are covered under a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy for up to $100,000. If your child was bitten by a dog, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner’s insurance policy to cover the costs of your child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. As a parent, you can file this claim for your child, but you should speak to an attorney first.
Insurance companies, even homeowner’s insurance companies, rarely pay out fair deals in response to a claim. Adjusters are incentivized to pay as little as possible to dog bite victims and will likely try to lowball you. Your best option is to talk to an experienced lawyer, who will hold the adjuster to the policy and advocate for full compensation on your behalf.
Here at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our attorneys can sit down with you in a free consultation and guide you through the process of filing a claim. With our more than 40 years of combined experience, we can build a strong case against the dog’s owner and include the full costs of your injuries in a claim. We do not charge any upfront fees, and you do not have to pay us unless we win your case. To get a free case evaluation, call our Glendale personal injury lawyers at (818) 507-4311.
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