When the dog on the street turns from man's best friend to your worst nightmare, the physical injuries can be extensive. No matter what the breed, even a single dog bite can draw blood; and when your dog bite is more of an attack, the injuries can last a lifetime.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites are extremely common and most common in young children between the ages of five and nine. According the the CDC, there are roughly 4.7 million dog bites in the United States every year. And the state of California is a huge contributor to that staggering number. In 2016 alone, dog bite claims reached over $600 Million.
Why do dog bites? The reason behind an aggressive encounter with a dog may never be something you figure out but the bottom line is this: you or a loved on were seriously injured by a dog (or other animal) attack and you have the legal right to seek compensation. Walch Law can help. Here's a look at some tips on what to do following a dog bite:
- Seek medical attention: as with any personal injury, taking care of your heath should always be your #1 priority. Even a seemingly minor injury can get worse if not taken care of properly.
- Exchange information: Make sure that you get all the necessary contact information from the owner of the dog that bit you. This information is essential to getting you compensated for your injuries!
- Take pictures of your injuries: the better you document your injuries (especially immediately after the attack), the stronger your case. Visuals of your injuries combined with your medical needs present very powerful evidence when coming up with a settlement demand.
Dog Bite Lawsuit
California Civil Code Section 3342(a) makes a dog owner liable for injuries their dog causes to others in public places or private places. Knowledge of the dog's viciousness is not a requirement for a successful lawsuit meaning that dog owners have very few defenses to these types of lawsuits. The purpose of a dog bite lawsuit is to help pay for the impact the bite has had on your life and make sure that you are not paying out of pocket. In most cases, a dog owners homeowners insurance will have a provision in it to help cover these suits but if not then we will be suing the owner directly for things like:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical needs (past, current and future)
- Scarring and other pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
Often times during a dog attack your own animal might be involved as well. If there has been an injury or death of your own pet that too is something we will work to get you compensated for in your dog bite lawsuit.
At Walch Law, we are here to help get you the money you deserve as quickly as possible following your dog or animal attack. We know what a difficult time this is for you and we can also help get you the medical attention you need. Time is of the essence so get in touch with us today and let's begin working to make you better.
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When looking for a California wrongful death lawyer, you want a law firm that can get you the money you deserve. At Walch Law, we don't just meet our clients' expectations, we exceed them. We win over 95% of our cases and will work hard to get you the same great results we have gotten for so many of our happy clients. When it comes to handing a California wrongful death case, resolving your case as quickly as possible for as much money as possible is how we approach every case.
Founding partner Gary Walch started this law firm to help people in your very situation. With over forty years of experience, you can feel confident that when you hire Walch Law Firm, you are benefiting from his years of experience. Robert Walch has been with the firm since 2000 and has a track record of success, as does the rest of the highly qualified staff at Walch Law. A family firm with the resources of a big law firm means you get the best of both worlds.
There are lots of law firms that will happily take your business but very few will deliver results and handle your case the way that we do. We understand and respect how difficult this time is for you and our family. When you hire Walch Law Firm you are hiring a family firm that you can trust. We have a stellar reputation within the legal community and among our clients.
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For many individuals and families following a death it is not just an emotional time but a stressful financial time as well—hiring an attorney should help relieve this financial stress which is why you hire us on a contingency fee arrangement. Translation: you don't pay for any fees or costs associated with your case until you get paid. We have the financial resources of a large law firm but the accessible environment of a small firm meaning your case won't get lost in the shuffle.
Whenever you are ready, we are available to talk and this open and available communication model is something that our clients enjoy until their case is closed. We keep you informed and updated on your case every step of the way, always explain what's happening in plain English and ultimately deliver on our promise to get you paid.
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Winning over 95% of our cases means that you can feel very confident when you hire us to help with your case. Some of our recent victories include a $5,000,000+ settlement for a car accident, $1,250,000 settlement for a wrongful death pedestrian case and $2,500,000 for injuries related to a subway accident.
First and foremost, you are suffering a major traumatic loss and we understand that. We can help with counseling, medical professionals and other important resources during this time. Your focus should be on dealing with this loss, let us take care of all the legal details.
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There are small firms that might not be able to front the costs of your case and there are big law firms that will easily take your case but lack any type of personal touch (and you might have trouble hearing back from them when you want to) and then there's Walch Law Firm. We can handle any case and pride ourselves on our accessibility to clients. Father-son duo Gary & Robert Walch treat everyone like family and this personal touch is something that our clients as well as our employees constantly comment on and appreciate!
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