Get all the answers regarding the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact our law firm for a free consultation.
1) I have been bitten by a dog. What should I do?
The first step is to seek medical help for your injuries. You should do this as soon as possible because many injuries get worse if left untreated. If you have been exposed to the rabies virus and need to get PEP medication, there is a time limit by when your body must receive the medication. If that time limit passes, the medication will not be effective any more. If you have other injuries, like lacerations and wounds, you want these taken care of as soon as possible so that they do not turn into an infection and spread to the rest of your body. In a dog bite case injuries tend to be severe, so you probably already know that you should go to the emergency room or a private physician that has the resources to give you the proper treatment for your injuries. The second step is to seek legal help. Do not speak to the other side or their insurance company; contact a dog bite lawyer to make sure your legal rights are protected.
2) How does the free consultation work?
You can call or email our office to speak with an attorney free of charge. Our experienced attorneys will listen to your story and possibly ask you a few questions to clarify what happened, and provide you with their best advice.
3) How does the contingency fee structure work? What do you mean by zero upfront costs?
Our law firm does not charge clients anything upfront. When you hire us to fight your case and file a lawsuit, it is all done without you having to pay from your pocket. You do not pay anything upfront. We will do everything for free, until we get you money. We will fight the responsible parties and their insurance companies to get the maximum amount of money possible. If we get you money, then we will take a percentage of that as fee for our services. If we do not get you money, then you walk away without having to pay us anything.
4) I was bit by a dog, but the owner told me the dog was always friendly and had never displayed any aggressive behavior. Does that mean I cannot sue?
In California, we have strict liability for dog bite cases. If a dog bites you, there is no need to show that the dog had a history of biting other people or that the owner was careless. In California, the owner is strictly liable. That means even if the dog was always friendly, you can still sue the dog owner and their insurance carrier for your damages. Strict liability means unless there are some unusual and rare circumstances, the dog is liable, period. There is no need to prove negligence.
5) How much can I get for my injuries?
This depends on many factors specific to your case. It will depend on what kind of injuries you have suffered, what kind of treatment you have received, how much in medical expenses you have incurred, and what kind of insurance policy is available. We will need more information from you to answer this question. Please call or email us to tell us what happened.
6) Where are you located? Where do you practice?
Our main offices are located in Los Angeles, but we take cases from the entire state of California. If you have been injured, our attorneys can meet with you anywhere in California. We can fly to anywhere in CA to meet with you and discuss your case.
7) How can I contact you?
You can call us by dialing the phone number on the top of this page, or by emailing us. To email us, you can complete the free consultation form appearing on this page.