Have you or a loved one been attacked or bitten by a vicious dog?
San Diego dog bite lawyer Dean Goetz has been helping people injured by dog bites and dog attacks for over 30 years. Dean has demonstrated results of maximizing the settlement for his clients.
California has strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites but proving your case will require an experienced attorney who will fight for you and make sure you get everything what you are legally entitled to receive.
Dog bite injury law can be very complicated. Every situation is unique and will require an experienced personal injury attorney, knowledgeable about insurance coverage as it pertains to dog bite cases who is willing and committed to fighting for you. The dog owner may have home owner's insurance or renter's insurance which may cover the dog bite victim's injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, disfigurement, scarring or future counseling. These insurance policies are often confusing and difficult to understand. An experienced attorney will be able to determine what insurance coverages may be available.
There may be additional negligent parties in addition to the dog's owner, such as a landlord, a condominium owner, or a homeowner's association. These persons or entities may be responsible for the dog because he was on their property. They may be legally liable because they knew the dog was dangerous or because they allowed the dog to remain on the property, or because they failed to construct sturdy fences to restrain the dog, or because they failed to post Vicious Dog Warning signs or taken action to warn of a dangerous dog. The landlord, property owner, or home owner's association has a responsibility to warn others of a dog they know to be dangerous or with a history of acting aggressively even if it is a tenant's dog. A complete investigation must be conducted as soon as possible following the incident to identify all responsible parties.
An experienced attorney will know how to investigate the particulars in your dog bite case and will also have private investigators and other dog bite experts that the attorney works with who can assist in identifying the responsible parties. It may also be necessary to find and interview witnesses and compile a bite history on the dog.
Call an experienced San Diego dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after the dog bite incident occurs. Don't wait or your case may be negatively impacted. Dog owner's often try to hide a dog, even transfer ownership, or take other extreme actions to protect their dog and themselves from liability. Call Dean Goetz and get a free legal consultation. Remember, if Dean Goetz takes your case you will pay nothing unless you obtain a recovery. Attorney Goetz will represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no attorney fees until your case is settled and you have won a monetary recovery.
An experienced San Diego dog bite lawyer can help you:
- Acquire the dog bite owner’s personal information.
- Locate witnesses to the dog bite incident.
- Investigate the dog's bite history to see if the dog has bitten people before, or has a reputation for being aggressive.
- Identify what insurance the dog’s owner may have to cover medical expenses right away.
The life long repercussions of a dog bite injury can be significant. Dog bites can leave physical and emotional scars. If the dog bite attack was severe, it is even more important that you speak to an experienced San Diego dog bite attorney immediately.
In order to protect your rights, do not give the dog owner's insurance company a statement until you have consulted with an experienced dog bite lawyer.
If the insurance company has already offered you a settlement, talk to an experienced dog bite injury attorney before you make your final decisions. Because insurance companies only make money by paying victims as little as possible. Get an opinion from an expert. Call Dean Goetz at 858-481-8844 now. You need someone on your side NOW.
The Center for Disease Control says that dogs bite 4.7 million people every year and, "Each year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency room and about 16 die."
"The rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years, and the rate decreases as children age. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the head or neck region."