San Jose Dog Bite Attorneys
If you've been attacked and bitten by a dog in Northern California, our
San Jose personal injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help. Every year, we represent more
and more individuals who have been viciously savaged by a neglected dog.
Whether the result of severe abuse, careless training, or incompetent
ownership, dog owners who allow their pets to harm others are indeed responsible.
Don't let the physical and emotional scars from your attack prevent
you from obtaining the care and compensation you deserve.
Call our firm at
(800) 900-0863 and we'll help put this chapter behind you.
By the Numbers
Dog bites occur in far greater frequency and severity than most people
would believe. According to a recent report from
Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated approximately over 4 million people each year are
attacked by dogs. Of these, nearly half are children under the age of
9. Recently in California, over 1,900 dog bite claims were filed with
insurance agencies and as estimated $64 million in damages were awarded,
LA Times to dub the state "Dog Bite Capital of The United States."
The numbers are staggering when layered against the debilitating injuries
often suffered in such an attack, including:
- Permanent nerve damage
- Bone fractures
- Loss of limb function
- Cranial trauma
- Crippling phobias
If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a dog, before speaking
with an insurance company, consider discussing your options with an accomplished
dog bite attorney. You may be entitled to significant compensation and
benefits for your suffering.
I've been bitten, now what?
First and foremost, you'll want to speak with a medical professional,
no matter how seemingly insignificant the wound may be. Even the smallest
of dogs can harbor dangerous bacteria that can lead to serious infection
or worse. This will also provide professional verification and assessment
of the damage, should you decide to pursue legal action.
Under California Penal Code 398.A, the owner of the offending dog is required
by law to report the bite to the proper authorities. More often than not,
owners are reluctant to provide such an open admission of guilt even if
they are close to the victim. In which case, it will be up to you, the
injured party, to speak with Animal Control or law enforcement. Depending
on your relationship with the dog, this could be quite difficult, but
it is in your best interests to do so, immediately after an attack.
Try to take as many photos and document as much of the scene as possible
afterwards. If you are unable, have a family member or friend gather the
information for you. Collecting as much evidence of the incident, immediately
thereafter, can prove to be the difference in a dog bite lawsuit.
Call Caputo & Van Der Walde at (800) 900-0863.
Finally, be sure to contact our professional dog bite attorneys at
Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at
(800) 900-0863. We provide a
full consultation, at no cost to you, which will help weigh your legal options, ascertain the best course of
action in regards to any insurance claims, and determine if you should
move forward with a personal injury lawsuit. Our knowledgeable team has
assisted hundreds of dog bite victims and has built a reputation of compassionate
and comprehensive representation. Retaining the services of Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP can help grant you the peace of mind you need along
with the financial compensation you deserve.