With the amazing year round weather in Los Angeles, it is no wonder that you see so many people walking their dogs all the time. Many outdoor malls and restaurants encourage pet owners to take their animals virtually anywhere in this city. This also means that your chances of becoming the victim of a dog bite or full scale attack are also always present. Did you know that over 4.7 million Americans are victims of a dog bite every year? And that 60% of those victims are children? In most cases children attacked by a dog develop a long-term fear of certain dog breeds that can last their entire life.
A dog bite injury should not be something you should have to handle on your own. Scarring, disfigurement, or lifelong pain—these are all issues I have seen dog bite clients deal with—many of them not initially realizing that there are compensation options for their injuries and expenses. Potential recovery following a dog bite includes:
- Lost wages: Many dog bite victims have to miss work to focus on their recovery and attend things like doctors’ appointments, physical therapy and acupuncture.
- Diminished Earning Capacity: A major injury may also mean that future earning capacity is diminished. In these cases, I will try to seek an amount that reflects the financial impact a diminished earning capacity will have on an individual and family.
- Medical Bills: This includes bills you have already paid and those that you will have to pay in the future as a result of your dog bite.
- Pain and Suffering: Many dog bite victims (especially children) suffer from PTSD, stress or anxiety as a result of their painful encounter. In addition, there may be issues dealing with the scarring and disfigurement—I will fight to make sure that you receive adequate compensation for this important area of recovery.
The bottom line is this: a Los Angeles pet owner has a legal responsibility to control their dog’s behavior, especially when out in a public setting. When he or she fails to meet this obligation, they can be held legally accountable for the injuries the dog has inflicted on another—big or small. Because evidence and witness accounts are best shortly after an event, getting in touch with an experienced Los Angeles dog bite attorney soon after your accident is the best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You do not need to handle this on your own– get in touch with the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz today!
The Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz
At the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz, I will aggressively fight for your recovery. With over thirty years of experience as a successful Pasadena personal injury attorney, I know how to get results. I understand how frustrating a personal injury experience of any kind can be, let me focus on your financial recovery so you can focus on your physical recovery after a dog bite. Your first consultation with me is always free so contact Ritholz Law today.