Orange County may soon have a Megan’s Law-style website for dangerous dogs. The website probably would list the addresses of homes where dogs deemed to be dangerous or vicious are being kept, along with a description of each animal and how it got into trouble in the first place, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Why would the County of Orange go to such lengths to warn residents about dangerous dogs? The reality is that these dogs can and do attack people – and sometimes this can result in permanent and disabling injuries.
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is vital that you obtain trustworthy legal advice from an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Here in Irvine one such attorney is Michael Crosner, of Crosner Legal. He has been specializing in personal injury and dog bite cases for over 45 years and has worked on several highly publicized personal injury lawsuits including representing the family of motorcycle accident victim in a wrongful death suit involving Casha Cheema of Irvine.
We asked Michael to share his experience with our readers, with regard to dog bites.
Michael sat down with us to answer some common dog bite questions:
Q & A
Question 1: What steps should I take if I was bitten by a dog?
Answer: There are key steps to help you in a potential dog bite case.
1. Seek immediate medical attention for your injury.
2. If it is safe, try to take a quick photograph of the dog for later identification.
3. Try to learn the name and address of the dog’s owner or caretaker.
4. Call the local animal control office and/or police department to report the attack.
5. Try to obtain the dog’s license tag information to ascertain if it has the required rabies and other inoculations.
6. Contact a personal injury lawyer who handles dog bit cases & will accept legal representation on a contingency fee basis.
Question: What kind of damages can I be awarded in a dog bite case?
Answer: Once responsibility has been established you can be awarded economic damages for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment; all lost wages or loss of business income; all reasonable transportation expenses; and non-economic damages for pain, suffering and any residual disfigurement or disability. The dollar amount of any award is based on the severity of your injuries and the degree and location of any permanent scarring and/or any other permanently injury. Usually these injuries require the reports and testimony of medical experts to assist in the final evaluation of the claim. No reputable attorney should estimate the value of your claim until your injury has become permanent and stationary, and at that point the attorney can begin a meaningful settlement negotiation.
Question: What if the dog’s owner cannot afford to pay my medical bills?
Answer: A personal injury attorney who is familiar with dog bite claims can ascertain if the dog owner has a homeowners or renters liability policy. These policies often cover dog attacks, but some have exclusions for certain breeds of dogs that the insurance carrier deems more prone to attack humans. Also many liability policies will exclude coverage they are aware of a prior attack by the same dog. If the dog owner lives in a condo or community housing facility there is the possibility of holding the management or homeowners association responsible if they have prior knowledge of the dog’s dangerous propensities. If there is no insurance available the dog owner can be sued personally – however, collecting a judgment is often difficult or impossible.
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The Irvine Personal Injury Lawyers of Crosner Legal also assists victims involved in serious auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other personal injury matters. Crosner Legal offers free consultation. The advice is free and you pay nothing until your case is won!
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