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Despite California’s strict leash laws, residents of Inglewood and other cities continue to be attacked and injured by dogs who have not been properly secured, either at home or while out in public. Knowing a dog is no guarantee that you will not be attacked, as numerous dog bites are inflicted by an animal who is familiar to the victim. Aside from friend’s and relative’s homes, public parks are the scene for many Inglewood dog attacks.

Did you know that there are currently around 78 million pet dogs in the United States and that around 4.5 million dog attacks occur each year? Around 20% of those dog attack victims will require hospitalization as a direct result of the dog bites. Dog bites should never happen, and our attorneys are passionate about recovering the compensation you deserve following an attack.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog whose owner flouted California leash laws or failed to adequately secure their pet at home, a dog bite lawyer could hold the owner accountable for the consequences of their negligence.

The Facts about Inglewood Dog Attacks

Although you may be very comfortable with a dog and have spent long periods of time in their company with no previous issues, you could be bitten and injured by any dog, at any time. When your lawyer is investigating the circumstances leading up to your Inglewood dog attack, we will examine the scenario with a fine-toothed comb, to ensure that the dog’s owner cannot falsely claim that you antagonized the dog. We will also prove that the dog does indeed belong to that person.

While dogs may attack completely unprovoked, some of the scenarios in which they tend to bite can include:

  • Being frightened
  • Threats to the dog themselves, their owner, or their home
  • Sensing some form of danger
  • Being in pain
  • Physical attacks
  • The tendency towards aggression due to upbringing and previous experiences

There are numerous factors which may make liability difficult to prove following an Inglewood dog attack, including the following:

  • A lack of witnesses (and the dog owner claims you provoked or attacked the dog, which prompted it to defend itself and the owner);
  • The dog owner flees the scene and there is no way to trace him/her or the dog;
  • The dog owner denies he/she owns the aggressive dog in order to avoid responsibility for the actions of the dog.

When you hire an attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg to represent you, you can rest assured that you are entrusting your case to a lawyer who has your best interests at heart at all times.

Common Dog Attack Injuries

Dogs can be anywhere, as they are the most popular pet in the United States. This means you will likely hear dogs barking in your neighbor’s homes while you walk around the neighborhood or even see stray dogs around. The chances of being attacked are pretty high. Even the slightest dog bite can have medical consequences.

If you are bitten or attacked by a stray or loose dog, you may not know their vaccination status and may be exposed to rabies or other diseases. You should seek medical attention immediately and report the attack to the local authorities. Some of the most common injuries our Inglewood dog attack attorney has seen include:

  • Puncture wounds and lacerations
  • Finger amputations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Major soft tissue damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons
  • Broken or dislocated bone
  • Severed arteries
  • Emotional and psychological trauma

There are several ways that a dog can harm you and cause you severe injury. The first thing you should do is seek medical attention and then contact an Inglewood dog attack attorney.

Strict Liability And Statute of Limitations

California has strict liability laws in place regarding dog attacks. A dog owner will be held liable for any injuries caused by their dog. This does not consider whether or not the dog has ever bitten anyone before. Our Inglewood dog attack attorney reminds us that this law is only applicable to dog bites. If a dog causes you harm in another manner, such as knocking you over, this would not be the owner’s responsibility. You would need to prove negligence and file a personal injury claim in those cases.

Another essential thing to note is a two-year statute of limitations for these cases. This means your Inglewood dog attack attorney will have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim on your behalf. You will need to contact the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg immediately after being attacked by a dog to get started.

Is There Compensation Available?

Medical bills can be pretty extensive, and you might be wondering who will pay for all of this. Since there are strict liability laws for dog bites, the dog owner is the answer. However, obtaining compensation may not be so simple. Your Inglewood dog attack attorney will work to recover compensation for the following:

  • Loss of personal enjoyment
  • Lost income if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Psychological injuries
  • Past and future medical expenses related to the attack

Filing a claim against another person can be difficult, especially if one of your friends. It would help if you kept in mind that they are responsible for their dog’s actions. The dog in question should have been restrained in their yard so as not to cause injuries to others. Contact an Inglewood dog attack attorney immediately following a dog attack. Let us take care of the legal process while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with an Attorney Today

When you have been attacked and injured by an aggressive dog, you could benefit from expert legal representation from a skilled personal injury lawyer. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, each of our expert lawyers are dedicated to providing just that, alongside the compassionate guidance and support you need.

To schedule your free initial consultation with an expert Inglewood lawyer, call us today at 310-997-0904.