Explore your legal options after a dog bite incident. Learn about liability, compensation, and the importance of legal representation.

Dog Bites: Is It Worth Pursuing Legal Action?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

For anyone, being attacked by a dog and suffering injuries can be a terrifying experience, and unfortunately, it’s more common than we think.

In addition to the wounds and physical trauma, these injuries carry emotional aftermath and a significant financial burden for the victim. In these cases, the question arises: Is it worth pursuing legal action for a dog bite?

Answering questions

It’s crucial to consider various factors, which we’ll explore below, to answer these questions:

First and foremost, the severity of the injury must be assessed, as it can range from minor scratches to severe wounds that may require reconstructive surgery. The most significant injuries, such as disfigurement, loss of limbs, or nerve damage, are the cases where legal action is not only viable but also holds the potential for substantial compensation, providing some measure of justice and relief.

The owner’s liability must also be considered. In California, owners are legally responsible for their pets’ actions, regardless of whether they have previously exhibited violent or erratic behavior. In other states, it will need to be proven that the owner was aware of the danger their dog posed. Additionally, if we can demonstrate that the owner was negligent in controlling their dog, there is a higher chance of winning the case.

On the other hand, the emotional and financial impact of the bite and injuries must be evaluated, as in some cases, the victim will face significant medical expenses, loss of income, and emotional stress.

It would help if you also considered that a legal claim is a lengthy and bureaucratic process, and you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer to assist you. While most lawyers only charge once you reach a settlement or win the case, you must assess whether the time you need to invest in your claim will be beneficial with a potential outcome.

Ultimately, the decision to pursue legal action depends on the individual circumstances of the case and the people involved.

Remember, you don’t have to face this alone. It’s crucial to contact a lawyer to assess your chances of winning the case and what compensation you could achieve. This step can empower you with the knowledge and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your situation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.