Dog and Animal Bites

Chula Vista Dog Bite Attorney

Have you or someone you know has been the victim of an animal attack.  Call the the Law Office of David Gutierrez as soon as possible to find out what steps you need to take next.

Dog Bites

According to American Humane Association, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites reported every year.  Of those 4.7 million, 800,000 require medical care.  Insurance agencies end up paying over $1 billion dollars to dog bite claims every year.  You may be eligible for compensation if you have been attacked by a dog.

Most personal injury animal bite cases are from pet dogs.  Under California law the pet owner is responsible for any and all damages resulting from the owner’s negligence.  Negligence includes, but is not limited to, leaving a gate open, inability to restrain the dog, or failing to warm someone of a historically aggressive animal.  Dog attacks are extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury, even death.  Aside from the obvious pain and scarring, if left untreated dogs bites can develop into serious infections.  In most cases, an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer will negotiate with the dog-owner’s homeowner’s insurance to recover your losses.

Flesh wounds, broken bones, and scarring are only the physical damage associated with dog bites.  In addition, victims also suffer from extreme emotional distress which leads to more serious psychological illnesses.  Dog bite victims often suffer from depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and a general phobia of dogs.

At The Law Office of David Gutierrez, we have the expertise and experience to provide you with the best legal representation for your dog bite case.  Our goal is to minimize the effects of this traumatic experience on you and your family, while ensuring you are compensated for all damages plus pain and suffering.  Experienced staff at the Law Office of David Gutierrez will make sure the individual or individuals responsible for your injuries are the ones to pay for any costs associated with your recovery.

Trained Attack Dogs

While there are no bad dogs (only bad dog owners) some breeds are more likely to be raised aggressively.  When raised properly, most “high-risk” breeds are loyal, loving pets.  Sadly, many people buy a specific breed because they want to raise an aggressive, imposing animal.  Some states and local jurisdictions even have local laws prohibiting owning some of these breeds: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Doberman Pincers, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Chow Chows as well as Akitas.  If you were attacked by a trained attack dog, you may be entitled to punitive damages.  The Law Office of David Gutierrez can help you!

Snake Bites

Generally speaking there are two types of snake bites:  venomous and non-venomous.  Both can have very serious side-effects.  Bites from non-venomous snakes are easily infected and require antibiotics.  A more severe snake bite, for instance, around the eyes, may have long-lasting physical and mental problems.  In some cases, plastic surgery is necessary for a person to fully recover.

Venomous snake bites, pose a separate and more severe threat.  Symptoms range from mild nausea, fever, vomiting, or even death.  Victims of venomous snake bites often have to have the infected limb amputated.

San Diego is home to dozens of species of snake.  Rattlesnakes, amongst other breeds, are found in Eastlake, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Ramona, Julian, Alpine, and other San Diego communities.   Whether the snake is pet or wild rattlesnake in someone’s yard, the property owner has a duty to keep their premises safe.  Failure to warn or exposing guests to a possible dangerous condition (in this case snakes) is considered negligence by California Law.

Other Animal Injuries

San Diego is a mixed community of rural, suburban, and metropolitan living which exposes San Diegans to a wide range of animals, domesticated and wild.  We see horses in parks, dogs at the beach, and pigs at the fair.  Not all form of animal related injuries come in the form of an attack.  People buy insurance because, unfortunately, accidents do happen.  Perhaps you or someone you know was trampled by a pony at the fair or a horse on your local walking trail fell on you.  You should not have to pay the medical bills resulting from some else’s negligence.  If you have been injured by a domesticated or wild animal in San Diego, call the Law Office of David Gutierrez to find out how we can help you!

Taking Legal Steps

If you have sustained serious injury as the result of an animal attack, seek medical attention immediately.  The Law Office of David Gutierrez, San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer, can provide you and your family piece of mind knowing that your claim is good hands.  Our experienced San Diego Lawyers can help you recover medical expenses, loss wages, and general damages for pain and suffering.  When dealing with dog bites and animal attacks, it is important to enlist the help of a legal representative who understands California animal attack and premise liability laws.

At The Law Office of David Gutierrez you will receive comprehensive legal coverage for all of your dog bite or animal injury representation needs. So contact us to find out just what our legal team can do to help you deal with both the medical compensation and the mental trauma that is related to a dog bite or animal attack.