Did someone’s dog recently bite you and you aren’t certain if you have a case or not? Have you been attacked by someone’s pet and you go back and forth in thinking that you have a case? If you think there’s even a small chance you have a case, it’s worth it to reach out to Belal Hamideh and the rest of the team here. As a personal injury lawyer in Torrance, Belal Hamideh can help answer your questions and guide you through the process.
Do I Have a Dog Bite/Animal Attack Case?
Not to answer a question with a question, but, were you injured by the animal? Yes, if the bite broke your skin, then you most likely have a case. However, even if the animal’s bite didn’t break your skin, you still may have a case, depending on if your injury were a result of the animal attacking you and other factors. There are many factors that determine these cases, such as if the person bitten by the animal were trespassing, the control the owner had of the animal, and so forth. We can represent you as aggressively as possible every step of the way.
Who Is Responsible for My Dog Bite/Animal Attack?
As California is a “strict liability” state, the owner of the dog (or other animal) is probably liable. That said, they might not be the only liable party. For example, perhaps, at the time that the animal bit/attacked you, it was controlled by a family member of the owner, a friend of theirs, etc. They could be liable. If you’re bit by a dog that’s being controlled by a paid dog walker, then they could be liable, too. However, children can’t. If a kid controls a dog when the dog bites you, the kid’s parents would be liable.
What Do I Do If It’s a Family Member or Friend’s Animal?
It is natural and completely understandable that, should the pet of someone you care about bite you, you might be reticent about filing a case against them. However, what’s important to keep in mind here is that your family member or friend won’t have to pay. It will come from their insurance. It’s not like you’ll be taking money from someone that you care about. If you have any further questions, Belal and the team are ready to answer them.
A Personal Injury Lawyer in Torrance Who Can Help
Dog bites and animal attacks are difficult cases for many reasons. If you are bitten or attacked by an animal, receive medical care as quickly as possible. Even if the injury seems minor, you never know the health of the animal that bit you, whether it’s diseased, and so forth. Once you’ve done that, we encourage you to reach out to us for a free case evaluation to see how we can help. You can schedule this through our site or by giving us a call.