Many of us keep dogs in our homes as pets, some train them as medical guides, and in some cases they’re even the stars of our favorite movies. Most of us don’t mind dogs as neighbors either. Pet owners, however, should keep them on their property, make sure they don’t disturb the peace and keep their shots up to date. Most importantly — these animals should be kept fenced or on a leash at all times so that they won’t harm humans or other animals. The sad news is that this last point isn’t always the case; loose dogs can be dangerous and even deadly. Many people who have had dangerous run-ins with dogs, and may be confused as to what their rights are — especially when a “beware of dog” sign was posted.
Are you at fault if you were bitten by a dog when one of these signs is present? Let’s explore.
Under California Law, a “Beware of Dog” Sign Does Not Always Offset Liability
It is true that in some cases, a “beware of dog” sign may let a dog owner off the hook after their dog has bitten someone and caused injuries. However, there are many cases in which the specific details of the incident will prove that it was still the dog owner’s fault when a person is injured in a dog attack.
Most of the time, a sign like this will simply reduce the liability of that individual. But compensation is still available for the plaintiff. It is in this situation that you’ll need a reputable lawyer who can take the evidence in your case and prove negligence on the part of the defendant.
An Experienced California Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get the Maximum Recovery For a Dog Bite
Dog bites aren’t always small wounds that heal in a day or two. Dog bites break the skin, lead to infections and can also break bones and cause lasting damage. Some dog bites are even lethal.
If you have been bitten by a dog and seriously injured, even if a “beware of dog” sign was posted, you may deserve compensation for the following:
- Doctor’s treatment
- Medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Possible physical damage
- Punitive damages
Only a professional personal injury lawyer can help you prove your innocence and hold the negligent dog owner at fault while helping you recover compensation owed to you. Furthermore, you’ll need a lawyer to be on your side as you deal with your injuries. Recovering from a serious dog bite or attack requires plenty of rest; let a qualified lawyer help you with the legal negotiations.
Call Johnson Attorneys Group for a Free Dog Bite Case Evaluation
If you are interested in a complimentary case evaluation, call Johnson Attorneys Group today at 1-800-208-3538, or fill out this form and someone will get back to you shortly. At Johnson Attorneys Group, we have helped our clients recover more than $98.4 million in damages, and we can help you too. We do not charge legal fees unless we successfully win your case your help you settle. Call us today to tell us about your experience with a dog bite in California.