Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Filing a Dog Bite Claim in Butte County
If you have been attacked by an animal that should have been properly restrained by its owner, then you may have a case for a personal injury claim. Dog bites are one of the most common causes of such claims. There are few things more terrifying than being attacked by a dog and suffering a painful dog bite injury. Call the
Law Office of Adam Sorrells right away if you have been bitten by a dog so that you can speak with a Chico personal injury attorney. Our firm can help you file a claim and fight for the compensation that you deserve.
There are around 1,000 people in the nation who go to the emergency room each day because of an injury due to a dog bite. In 2009, there was a study done showing that there were 88 deaths from dog bits in a 3-year period. In 2011, 31 people died because of a dog attack in the U.S. There are over 78 million dogs in the United States and each year there are more than 4.5 million people who suffer from dog bites. Preventing dog bites is mainly the responsibility of the dog owner. They are supposed to follow certain dog leash laws and other restrictions that prevent dog attacks.
What to Do Following an Attack
If you have suffered from a dog attack there are several measures that should be taken immediately following the attack, including:
- Medical treatment: dog bites can lead to infections and you need to seek medical attention after being bitten by a dog.
- Record the dog that performed the attack: take down the owner’s identity because they are responsible
- Report the attack: make the attack known to animal control, giving information about the dog and the owner
- Evidence: take pictures of the injuries as well as the dog and the scene of where you were bitten/attacked
- Team up with a lawyer: Contact a Chico personal injury attorney who has experience settling dog bite cases
Liability can be established as either strict liability or negligence in order to recover damages for a dog bite. The victim who suffered from a dog bite only needs to prove that the dog was owned by the defendant, the attack took place public property or the victim was legally present on private property, a bite in the attack caused the injuries, the dog was the cause of the injuries. The owner may try to claim that you provoked the attack, but with a skilled lawyer by your side, you can gather and present evidence to prove that you did not provoke the attack and that the animal was not properly restrained by its owner.
Hire a Chico Personal Injury Attorney at The Law Office of Adam Sorrells Today
Our firm has 20 years of experience and is ready to use that knowledge and skill to your advantage. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer and discuss your options for filing a dog bite claim in Butte County.
At the Law Office of Adam Sorrells, we truly care for our clients. Our team takes the time to understand the full extent of your accident and injuries so that we can work hard to prove the same to the court. We have achieved satisfactory case results through settlement as well as at trial. Attorney Sorrells works directly with each of his clients and handles their cases himself, so you will always know who is working on your case. Contact our firmtoday to learn what we can do to help through a
free case evaluation! We assure that there is no cost to you unless we settle or win your case!