Marin County Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or someone close to you has been the victim of a dog bite then you need an experienced attorney. If the dog bite was caused by someone else’s negligence then the victim can make a claim to receive just compensation. The Law Offices of Craig Dykman are the Bay Area’s provider of professional legal representation for dog bite victims. Our firm has the necessary resources to handle every aspect of a dog bite case. We are advocates for our clients in Marin and work aggressively to ensure that you are awarded the maximum compensation for dog bite damages. We seek to educate our dog bite clients and have provided some information below so you can know what to do if you or a loved one is bitten.
What Do You Do After a Dog Bite?
A dog bite can be a traumatic experience, but there are some things you should keep in mind to protect yourself and ensure that you will be compensated for damages.
What to do:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Identify the dog that bit you
- Report the dog attack
- Have photos taken of injuries
- Contact a dog bite lawyer
- Do not give information to an insurance company or sign documents without a lawyer
Get medical attention first since dog bites pose a serious risk for infection. Call 911 or get to an emergency room immediately. Then identify the dog that attacked you and find out how the owner can be located. Next report the dog bite attack to animal control or the police. Take photos of the injuries as soon as possible. Then contact a dog bite lawyer like those at the Law Offices of Craig Dykman.
Most importantly, do not give any information to the dog owner’s insurance company or sign any documents without first notifying your dog bite lawyer. The insurance company’s only interest is in protecting themselves from claims. Any information you give them can and will be used against you. Have legal council before trying to deal with the insurance company yourself.
Am I Eligible for Compensation?
There are a few defenses that a dog owner’s attorneys may use in dog bite cases that would make the owner not liable for damages and prevent you from getting compensation.
Defenses from liability include:
- Injury not the result of a dog bite
- Assumption of risk
Under California law the dog bite owner is liable only when a person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place. In addition the dog owner is only liable for injuries that are a result of the dog bite. Finally if the dog bite victim provoked the dog or if someone like a veterinarian assumed possession of the dog, then the dog owner can defend themselves saying the person assumed the risk of a dog bite. These are all valid defenses that could prevent you from receiving compensation. Veteran dog bite lawyers, like the attorneys at The Law Offices of Craig Dykman will give you the best possible representation to ensure that you are compensated.
What Can I Be Compensated For?
Competent attorneys like those at the Law Offices of Craig Dykman will diligently pursue all types of compensation for their clients.
The types of compensation that a dog bite lawyer can get for their clients are:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Punitive damages
- Medical monitoring
- Lifestyle changes
- Lifetime care and medical costs (for severe cases)
An experienced dog bite lawyer like the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig Dykman will ensure that you receive compensation for all damages caused by the dog attack.
Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers in Marin County
The Law Offices of Craig Dykman are expert dog bite lawyers serving our clients in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. We have over 20 years of personal injury law experience and bring that level of knowledge to all of our dog bite injury clients.
Call the Law Offices of Craig Dykman today at (415) 454-8545 or use our contact form here.