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Dog Bite Lawyer

You should speak with our highly experienced dog bite attorneys at Montevideo Law, PC. We are located locally in La Jolla and have helped many people just like you receive the medical treatment they deserve after an injury from a dog bite! Our lawyers are committed professionals who will help ensure that your legal needs after an injury receive the attention they deserve!

Our La Jolla dog bite lawyer will stand with you through your trial

Dog bites and attacks can be serious matters. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people are injured in dog bites annually in the U.S. and over 50 percent of those victims are children.

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Secure damages you have suffered by seeking help from an accomplished dog bite attorney. While most of us regard dogs as “man’s best friend,” almost all dogs are capable of biting at some point. Fortunately, for those who have been seriously injured in a La Jolla dog bite incident, the dog’s owner can be held accountable for the victim’s injuries and damages.

How the Law Regards Dog Bites In La Jolla

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, it is crucial to get the skilled assistance of a La Jolla dog bite lawyer to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your dog bites throughout California and helped victims get fairly compensated for their injuries. You should not suffer needlessly after a dog bite. Let us help.

In some states, dog owners can only be held accountable for the actions of their dog if it has already shown aggressive tendencies. The state of California, however, is what is known as a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites.

What To Do After a Dog Bite

These are the first three things you need to do immediately after a dog bite attack.

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Get Medical Treatment Immediately

Your health is the most important thing. Be sure to get access to the best doctors and treatment right away.

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Collect all the necessary evidence

Immediately preserve the evidence you’ll need to prove what happened to you: contact info, photos, insurance information and reports.

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Do your homework on your legal rights. Call an attorney.

Call attorney John Montevideo. Discuss your case with him directly, not an intake person or paralegal.

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John Michael Montevideo works tirelessly to help people like you. His practice is dedicated to carefully reviewing his clients’ stories and seeking to bring fulfill the justices wronging them. He is the Senior Trial Attorney and Founder of the Dog Bite Law Group.

Taking Immediate Legal Action

When an individual has experienced a dog bite and as a result, suffered harm, John Michael's practice promptly and efficiently protects their rights.

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If You Have Been Hurt, We Can Help Build Your Case.

Under California Civil Code Section 3342: “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

That means that regardless of whether or not the dog had proven to be aggressive in the past or the owner had not previously known about the dangerous nature of the animal – even if the owner had taken precautions to keep others safe – they can still be held responsible for any damages caused by their dog.

    Most civil injury cases require proof of negligence in order to hold someone accountable for the harm they cause. But in most cases of La Jolla dog bite injuries, no proof of negligence is required for the injured victim to recover compensation. In most cases, if a dog bites someone, the owner will be held liable. End of story.

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There are some exceptions to strict liability, however. First, if the victim was trespassing. Second, if the victim had been provoking the dog. Third, if the injury took place on the job by an employer’s dog. Fourth, if the victim was performing a paid service at the time of the bite or attack. Our skilled dog bite lawyer is aware of what to look for and will work endlessly to establish these facts from the first meeting. Regardless of whether or not the dog had proven to be aggressive in the past or the owner had not previously known about the dangerous nature of the animal – even if the owner had taken precautions to keep others safe – they can still be held responsible for any damages caused by their dog.

The Dangerous Nature of a Dog Bite

While dog bites can vary in seriousness, depending on the size and aggressive nature of the dog, dog bites can cause significant injuries.

Because dogs are carnivores, they have powerful jaws and teeth to enable tearing and chewing. But because of this powerful ability, they can also inflict serious injuries on a person. Even when dog bites don’t cause puncture wounds, a large dog can cause crushing injuries and other internal and soft tissue damage.

The Physical, Emotional, and Financial Costs of a Dog Bite

After a serious dog bite injury, victims and their families will often be faced with thousands of dollars in medical costs, cosmetic surgeries, therapy, and other costs associated with the dog bite incident. A dog bite can forever impact a victim both physically and psychologically, frequently leaving a victim suffering from PTSD and forever afraid of dogs. If you have been injured due to a dog bite in La Jolla, California, you need an aggressive advocate in your corner to ensure that the dog owner is held accountable for your damages. At the Dog Bite Law Group, our experienced team of La Jolla dog bite lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. Call us at (949) 404-4455 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation.

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