San Jose Dog Bite Attorneys
If you’ve been attacked and bitten by a dog in Northern California, the personal injury attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates 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 getting the care and compensation you deserve. Call our toll free number at (877) 862-6288 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 those, nearly half are children under the age of 9. Last year in California, over 1,900 dog bite claims were filed with insurance agencies and as estimated 64 million dollars in damages were awarded, leading the LA Times to dub the state "Dog Bite Capital of The United States."
These are staggering numbers when layered against the debilitating injuries often suffered in such an attack; permanent nerve damage, bone fractures, loss of limb function, cranial trauma and crippling phobias are just a few examples that dog bite victims often face. 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.
Accordingly, 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 the police. 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.
Finally, be sure to contact the professional dog bite attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates at (877) 862-6288. 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 Van Der Walde & Associates will help grant you the peace of mind you need along with the financial compensation you deserve.