Being viciously attacked by a dog is traumatic to say the least. Especially if you watched your child get mauled or bitten, the effects of this type of accident are long-lasting – both emotionally and physically. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. There are many benefits that come with working with a dog bite attorney who knows this area of the law inside and out.
It’s never too early to contact a dog bite lawyer, but it definitely is possible to wait too long. California as a statute of limitations of two years in which to file a lawsuit, which may sound like a long time but can go by very quickly if you’re not prepared. If you don’t file your case by the deadline, you will forego your legal rights to recovery.
Don’t let this happen. Instead, you should reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible after the dog bite injury to learn about your legal rights and potential recovery. Best part is, it’s free for the first consultation. Call Kuzyk Law now at 661-945-6969.
The Benefits of Hiring a Dog Bite Lawyer
Why handle the stress and work of a dog bite case on your own? You’re already dealing with doctor and ER bills, and perhaps even cosmetic surgery bills if the injury was severe and involved the face. You always reserve the right to hire an experienced lawyer who has:
- Focused knowledge of the law. California has specific dog bite laws that may apply to a fair recovery for you. An experienced dog bite attorney understands and knows how to interpret those laws so that you can benefit the most.
- Experience. Most people feel like fish out of water when faced with negotiating with insurance companies or filing personal injury lawsuits. Because this is likely your first time being embroiled in such a tense situation, you likely don’t have the clear head and experience to approach the case objectively. Your lawyer does. He or she deals with dog bite cases on a daily basis and can draw on experience with former clients who may have had similar circumstances as yours. Without the proper experience, you may not get what you fully deserve for your compensation.
- Negotiation skills. It’s not in the insurance company’s best interest to pay out more than is necessary. In fact, their payout model is designed to give you the least amount possible so they can move on and protect their bottom line. It can be very easy for the uninitiated to keep battling back and forth in a negotiation that may at times seem like it’s going nowhere. Your dog bite lawyer brings the fierce negotiation skills needed to show the insurance company you won’t back down. Sometimes even the very presence of a lawyer – especially one with such clout in the community as Kuzyk Law — will scare the insurance company into settling.
- Answers. As the victim of a dog bite injury case, you understandably have many questions about the process and what to expect. No doubt this can be a scary time for all involved. A qualified attorney can answer your questions and address your concerns in a timely and comprehensive manner.
You don’t have to wait until you know the full extent of your injuries and corresponding medical treatment to contact a dog bite attorney. It’s entirely possible that you may incur further costs and damages as a result of the dog bite, which you may also be able to recover in a lawsuit.
Contact Kuzyk Law
For more information about protecting your rights after a dog bite, please contact us today at 661-945-6969 to schedule your free initial consultation. Remember, California has a “strict liability statute” when it comes to dog bites and dog attacks, which means dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. We can make them pay up.