Riverside Dog Bite and Animal Attack Attorney

A dog bite can be incredibly damaging, with victims often suffering injuries that can be long-standing or even permanent. If you or a loved one was the victim of a dog bite attack, please contact the Riverside personal injury attorneys of Hanson & Mouri today to discuss your case. You may be entitled to significant compensation.

Why Choose Us?

Our Riverside and San Bernardino dog bite injury lawyers have the necessary experience to help you through this difficult experience. We specialize in dog bite injuries occurring in both public places and private residences, regardless of the dog’s previous behavior.

  • Our attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience in handling all manner of personal injury cases, including dog bite cases.
  • As a former insurance defense attorney, our lead attorney utilizes his inside knowledge of insurance companies for the benefit of our clients.
  • We are prepared to take a case to trial should it be necessary. Our experienced litigators will comprehensively review every detail of your case and prepare it for presentation at trial. It is important to note that Hanson & Mouri has never lost a litigated case.
  • There are no upfront fees and because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not be required to pay any legal fees unless we secure compensation on your behalf.
  • We know personal injury law because it is the only law we practice. Our firm is one hundred percent dedicated to helping injury victims.
  • We treat our clients like family. We know how traumatic an injury can be and we commit to aggressively fighting for our clients rights the moment their case is taken on.

Dog Bite Statistics

On average, 4.5 million dog bites are reported every year in the United States and countless more bites go unreported. Dog bites have been on the rise in the United States with both the amount of attacks and the number of fatalities reaching staggering numbers. The CDC states that in one year alone, approximately 799,700 persons required medical treatment for dog bite injuries. Out of an estimated 333,700 patients that were treated for dog bites in the emergency department, approximately 6,000 were hospitalized for their injuries.

In another year, an estimated 368, 245 were treated for non-fatal dog bites across the country in the emergency department. Injury rates were most frequent amongst children ages 5 to 9. Children are particularly high risk when it comes to dog attacks due to the fact that they are bitten more often than adults and when they are bitten, the attacks inflict more damage. In a recent year, insurance companies paid out 530 million dollars to dog bite injury victims.

Injuries were most common in following areas:

  • Hand and arm (45.3%)
  • leg/foot (25.8%)
  • head/neck (22.8%)

The majority of injuries to children occurred in the head and neck area.

Why Hire an Attorney?

If you or your loved one has been the victim of a canine attack, even if the dog owner did everything in their power to prevent the attack, you need a lawyer to explain your family’s rights and represent your legal interests.

Our Riverside dog bite injury lawyer has obtained compensation for dog bite victims in the following areas:

  • Medical treatment, hospital care, and emergency room fees
  • Future medical treatment and scar reduction costs
  • Future disabilities resulting from the attack
  • Medication
  • Psychological damage and counseling for emotional trauma
  • Loss of earning from missed work
  • Damaged clothing and personal affects
  • Pain and suffering

Sometimes people are attacked when they are with their own dogs, which may result in the injury or death of your pet. When this is the case you as a pet owner are entitled to collect monetary compensation to help pay for your pet’s medical bills and pain and suffering. Our Riverside Law Offices will represent you and your pet and get you the money you need.

Strict Liability in California

States can have either “strict liability” or “negligence” as part of the law pertaining to dog bites. California is a “strict liability” state. This means that no negligence on the part of the owner must be demonstrated to bring a suit against them. It is assumed that the owner was aware of the dog’s potential to bite a person if the dog bit a human being. The owner is not able to escape liability for the dog attack by claiming that the dog had never bitten anyone in the past, or that he or she had no idea that the dog could act aggressively.

Generally, the owner of the dog will be found liable in a dog bite case, however, in some instances another party may be liable as well. This can include a person caring for the dog such as a kennel or a landlord that was aware of the dog’s behavior and did not restrain the animal. You will need to demonstrate that you were in a public place or lawfully in a private place. A dog bite victim that incurred injury while unlawfully on private property will not be able to collect damages.

Contact Our Firm Today

Contact our law firm now, there is no charge for your consultation, and we will listen to your case. We will keep you informed of significant developments and provide legal services promptly and professionally. You and your loved ones deserve to have your rights protected by a professional. Hanson & Mouri Personal Injury Attorneys can work to make your family whole again.

Our law office serves Riverside, Corona, Norco, Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Beaumont, Moreno Valley, & Calimesa.

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