Dog Bite Victims
Dogs are beloved by our society, but they are still powerful creatures that can do real damage to a person when their intent is to attack. Suffering a dog bite is often incredibly frightening and traumatizing long-term. Most dog bite victims are children who wind up carrying a fear of dogs and other beasts well into adulthood. At Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, we empathize with the victim and are dedicated to seeking the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
In the state of California, dog bite laws favor the victim. In most other states, a lawsuit can only be brought against a dog owner if the dog has already displayed violent behavior at least once before. This isn’t true in California. If you have been attacked by a dog, it doesn’t matter if this is the dog’s first offense or not, charges can be made. Ultimately, the dog owner is primarily responsible for the behavior of their dog, and their behavior can be considered negligent if the bite occurred on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property.
Taking on Insurance Companies
In certain cases, a person who has taken over custody of the dog (like a dog-walker or doggy daycare operator) may be considered liable for the dog’s behavior. If that is your situation, you may be working with two different insurance companies, and things can get confusing quickly. The attorneys at Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan are experts in working through these challenging situations and can help you to secure the largest settlement you are entitled to.
Calculating a Fair Settlement
Following a dog bite, the victim may seek compensation in the following areas: cost of medical expenses to treat the dog bite, loss of income from time away from work following the injury, loss of earning potential if the dog bite leads to permanent disability, pain, suffering, and emotional distress, and disfigurement or other permanent conditions. We will take all of this into consideration when negotiating for your settlement.