Call Now To Schedule a FREE In-Person Appointment or Video Consultation (760) 852-7134

Available 24 Hours - Se Habla' Espanol(760) 852-7134

When Can A Palm Desert Lawyer Help Me Get Dog Bite Compensation?

If you or your child have been attacked or bit by a dog in Palm Desert or nearby Riverside County, California, we can help. California’s Dog Bite Statute may allow you to recover compensation from the owners or their insurance, and Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & Blythe will make sure you get it.

Dog bites are distressingly common, especially among children. They remain one of the leading sources of injuries among kids, and Riverside County is no exception. With a rising population and an abundance of parks, golf courses and residential neighborhoods, Palm Desert, in particular, sees regular dangerous dog attacks. Nearly every year, there is at least one serious dog attack in Palm Desert alone, which can leave families feeling helpless, stressed, or covering extensive medical bills.

The law firm Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & Blythe was created almost 50 years ago to help injured victims of all kinds in California. Dog bites, among other accident and injury cases, are always a priority for us; there are few things as cruel as seeing a child’s life altered or ruined because of their simple desire to play with a dog or a hound owner’s careless recklessness in failing to keep others safe.

California’s laws allow dog bite victims or their parents to claim compensation, though not in every circumstance. Our dog bite personal injury lawyers will help you determine if you are eligible to pursue the owner or their insurance and will help you recover the compensation you need.

Palm Desert Follows California’s Dog Bite Statute Gold Standard

California has very little tolerance for dangerous dog behavior, and this is reflected in its laws. The Statute on dog bites is clear: if a dog bites, regardless of its history or prior behavior, the owner is liable for the injury caused.

There are, of course, some exceptions to this. But generally speaking, whether it is in a park or in a house, in a yard or on a trip, if you or your child is bitten, the owner is legally responsible and can be made to pay damages.

Those exceptions are important, however, and if you are ever bitten, the only way to know for sure what you might be eligible for is to call a dog bite lawyer (760) 852-7134. In the meantime, here are three frequently asked questions to help you understand how dog bites are handled under the law in California.

Call Now To Schedule A Video Consultation | (760) 852-7134

What Should I Do If The Dog Belonged To A Friend?

Dog Bite Attack Injury Lawyer, Palm Desert, CA Many dog bites will be caused by stranger’s dogs, in the park, for example, but sometimes, the dog will belong to a friend or family member. You might be reluctant to pursue them for damages for fear of endangering that relationship. But if they are a true friend and wish to take responsibility for the harm caused to you or your child, you should not be afraid to approach them. Chances are a settlement can be reached that you and they agree on, which a dog bite injury lawyer will help negotiate.

Who Will Pay For The Dog Bite Damages And Lawsuit?

It is only normal and natural to be concerned about money, especially if you have already been paying considerable medical expenses for your or your child’s injuries after a dog bite attack. Fortunately, that will not be a concern for long; with our help, you are likely to recover those full costs and more, including damages for emotional trauma. Best of all, we will not charge you anything until your claim is settled or won in court. Similarly, the other dog’s owner will not be paying either, as their homeowner or renter’s insurance is likely to cover most, if not all, of the harm caused by the dog.
Call Now To Schedule A Video Consultation | (760) 852-7134

Which Dogs Or Owners Are Not Liable For A Dog Bite Lawsuit?

Dog Bite Attack Injury Lawyer, Palm Desert, CA Sometimes, even after a traumatic injury and expensive recovery, it will simply not be possible to seek damages in a dog bite lawsuit. Fortunately, these scenarios are quite rare and easy to avoid, especially in Palm Desert.
  • If the dog in question belongs to the police and the bite happened during the course of their law enforcement duties, you cannot bring a lawsuit against them.
  • If you or the injured child was knowingly trespassing or provoked the dog, you may not be eligible for compensation from the owner.
  • If the dog attack did not include a bite, even if it resulted in a severe injury like a broken bone, the statute for strict liability does not come into effect.
Again, if you are not sure whether you are eligible for compensation after a dog bite attack, it is time to get on the phone with a personal injury attorney.

Don’t Let The Dog Bite Fester. Call A Lawyer Today.

Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & Blythe| Lawyers proudly defending, protecting, and representing dog bite and other accident or personal injury victims in Palm Desert, California. Just as you should never leave a dog bite wound untreated, they are notorious for infections; you should not delay contacting a lawyer after a dog bite attack. The sooner we can begin documenting and preparing your claim, the more likely we are to recover full and fair compensation for the pain and suffering you or your child has endured. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, it is time to act: call (760) 852-7134. For Free. Right now. Remember, we will not charge you until you receive compensation.
Call Now To Schedule A Video Consultation | (760) 852-7134

Follow Us On

Accessibility Accessibility
× Accessibility Menu CTRL+U