Experienced Orange County Dog Bite Attorney
Have you been bitten by a dog or other animal, and sustained injuries?
Work with Andrew Nissen, a proven Orange County dog bite attorney with over 47 years of experience. Don’t pay anything unless we win.
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What To Know About Dog Bites in California
A dog attack doesn’t just result in physical damage. There is also emotional damage. You could get Post-traumatic stress disorder or phobia of dogs.
In California, if a dog bites someone, the owner is considered to be the one at fault. They can’t just say that they didn’t know their dog wouldn’t attack!
What To Do After Getting Bit By A Dog
- You need to get medical attention immediately. Dogs can have rabies or give you tetanus, and you don’t want to get these. Even if the bite was small, you should never take chances. There could be lasting damage.
- Get information from the owner of the dog. Write down as much as possible. Name, phone, address, email, and so on.
- Get photos and evidence of the bite. Also, be sure to take photos as your healing progresses.
- Report the bite to a health official or police. This isn’t just for your safety, it’s for others, too. It could also help strengthen your case.
- Do not negotiate private settlements or with insurance. If you do, you could lose your chance to make a claim. You never know how your injuries will progress and if you need physical or emotional therapy.
- Speak with an attorney that is experienced in handling dog bites. They will help you figure out the next best steps.
Here’s How You Know You Have A Solid Case
The courts of California will hear your dog bite case and hold the owner liable if:
- The dog bit you. It has to specifically be a bite, not a scratch or other type of damage. However, if other damages were caused, you could still have a case for the owner’s fault.
- You were bitten in a public or you were legally in a private place. (So this won’t apply to robbers)
Don’t Become A Victim Twice – Act Before You Lose Your Rights
Being bit by a dog is hard to process. I’ve spoken with many victims of dog bites. Some of them are still scared of dogs, years later.
Many victims of dog bites don’t end up pursuing a claim. Sometimes the dog is owned by a friend or family member. However, it’s important to remember that you were the victim of the dog bite because of their negligence.
So why should you be a victim twice? There can be complications in surgery, physical therapy costs, and more. It can add up in the long run and put you in a bad spot financially. You deserve to be compensated for all of this at the very least.
While you might have up to 2 years to file a claim, so much can happen in that time. Maybe the owner moves away to another city or state, or life just gets in the way. Don’t miss out on your chance to make a claim.
You Don’t Pay Unless We Get You A Settlement
Andrew Nissen works on the principle that the first priority is to win his client’s case.
He believes that he shouldn’t get paid unless you do too.
This means that you reduce your risk of a long, drawn-out case.
Get A Free, No-Obligation Consultation
If you aren’t sure what to do, and you need friendly guidance, speak with Andrew. He can evaluate all of the details and help you figure out the next best steps. Give him a call or submit your information today. There’s no risk to you. Go ahead and give us a call at (949) 586-2235 today, or click the button below to submit your info:
Additional Information About Dog Bites
Strict Liability For Pet Owners – Why They’re Responsible
California is a state with “strict liability” laws that make pet owners responsible for most dog-bite injuries. When victims of a dog bite sue to get compensation for their damages, it doesn’t matter whether the owners knew their dogs had ever been vicious before.
That means they can’t argue that they didn’t know their dogs could be dangerous, or that they took care to prevent the animals from hurting someone.
While California’s strict liability dog-bite statute applies regardless of the animal’s history, another law makes owners responsible for taking “reasonable steps” needed to “remove any danger” of future attacks” when their dogs have bitten someone in the past.
If The Pet Owner Didn’t Take Proper Steps To Stop An Aggressive Dog, They’ll Owe You
Injured people may be able to receive compensation if they can prove that their injuries resulted from the dog owners’ negligence. A victim may file a civil case against the owner of a dog who has bitten a human twice (in separate incidents) or the owner of a trained attack dog who has seriously injured someone with even a single bite. The court may order the owner to take steps to prevent future attacks
Why Choose Bear Republic Law?
Clients that choose Bear Republic Law desire a more personal approach. They love that we believe in upfront, direct communication. They’re kept in the loop of things. Unlike larger, more impersonal firms, we enjoy building relationships with our clients.
Consider us your personal counsel. We’ve helped our clients navigate the difficult job market and get employment, and even find the right therapists. We’re confident we can do the same for you.
Client Testimonials About Bear Republic Law
When a problem comes along…you must go to Andrew Nissen!
Andrew Nissen was clear as to what my options were and was fantastic advising me which direction I should go about when dealing with the issue. I’m very grateful I went to him and I would absolutely go back to him and utilize his services again.
I would recommend Andrew to anyone, especially if they were worried if they had no legal expertise. He was patient, thorough, and pleasant/polite. Ultimately, the finished product gave me peace of mind.
The case resulted in a significant settlement
His dedication and pursuit of the offending party was top notch. Anyone that finds themselves in my situation should hire Andrew.
Look no further you have found the right attorney responsible, dedicated, and hardworking.
I met with Andrew to take care of some paperwork, he is very professional and works with you closely. When he had my case he would always update me on new information and any changes they would make…Andrew is the right lawyer to go to you will be thankful that you chose Andrew to represent your case. Just give him a call and he will be more than happy to help you fight your case.
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MATTHEWS | NISSEN LLP, BEAR REPUBLIC LAW
28202 Cabot Road
Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677
Phone: (949) 586-2235