With over 4.25 million workplace accidents requiring medical care each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and over 4.5 million dog bites per year, according to the CDC, it is not unheard of for an employee to get bit by a dog while on the job. If you have suffered a dog bite while doing your job, you will have many questions about how to best handle the injury, medical bills, and other complications of a dog bite and work injury all in one incident. Fortunately, there is a single resource to provide you with reliable and honest answers to your questions.
The legal team at DTLA Law Group is here to offer a free consultation to any dog bite victim who has added questions because the injury happened in the workplace. At DTLA Law Group, there are dog bite personal injury attorneys and worker’s comp expert attorneys who will help you understand how to best move forward after this unfortunate event. Our goal is to ensure that you know your rights, how to protect yourself and your finances, and see a clear path to moving forward from this traumatic experience. We are here 24/7 to answer your immediate questions and schedule a time for your free consultation with experienced attorneys who can help you through this life challenge.
Don’t hesitate to contact the DTLA Law Group office today to learn more about how we have helped many dog bite workplace injury victims like yourself. We are here to provide expert guidance and solutions to the issues created when you are bit by a dog at work, cannot work during your recovery, and do not know how to pursue the compensation owed to you for the pain, suffering, and challenges you face.
Understanding The Most Significant Risk Of Any Dog Bite
Everyone has seen images of a terrible dog bite or seen one depicted in a movie or on television. The result is a horrific injury that looks to have destroyed the victim’s arm or leg. But of the over 4 million dog bites each year, less than a quarter of the victims seek medical care immediately for the wound. Many of the bites are far less severe than the movie version we all imagine. So the victim covers the injury with a bandage and continues with their day.
But in most of these less severe dog bite cases, the victim is seeking medical care in a few days because of a severe infection. Dogs have a vast number of germs and bacteria in their mouths. And sadly, even a minor bite that barely breaks the skin allows those germs to enter the body and begin to infect the bite area. If left untreated, the infections can lead to rabies, tetanus, and blood or bone infections that can be fatal.
So no matter how minor the dog bite appears, seek medical care immediately. The sooner the wound is cleaned and you begin taking antibiotics, the smaller the potential for life-threatening infection or other health complications. The team at DTLA Law Group always recommends having any dog bite evaluated by a medical professional before taking further action. Our staff is here 24/7 to take your call after you know your health is protected.
Who Is Responsible For Your Workplace Dog Bite?
It is typically straightforward in California to determine who is to blame for a dog bite injury. As a strict liability state cornering dog bites, the dog owner is almost always liable. But when the dog bite occurs while you are on the job, the situation becomes more challenging to determine who is responsible from a financial standpoint. The answer to this vital question depends significantly on who owns the dog and your job description. The expert dog bite injury attorneys at DTLA Law Group have decades of expertise working through any dog bite in the workplace to help clients get the compensation they deserve.
For example, if your employer owns the dog that bites you, the claim for your medical bills and lost wages would be handled in a worker’s compensation claim. In addition, you are not likely to be able to sue your employer for any additional compensation unless the DTLA Law Group can prove gross negligence on the part of the dog owner.
In addition, if caring for the dog, such as feeding it or walking it, is part of your job description, you are assuming the risk of a dog bite while working with the animal. The concept is called the veterinarian rule and applies to any job that exchanges pay for animal care. However, there are exceptions to this rule if the dog owner did not disclose information about the dog’s aggressive nature.
Finally, there are situations where the dog owner and worker’s comp will be held responsible for your injuries. Again, your legal team at DTLA Law Group will help you understand who is financially accountable for your injuries and losses. But more importantly, we will guide you in recovering the money owed to you for the workplace dog bite you suffered.
Time Limits To File A Claim
Many workplace dog bite claims are filed initially with worker’s compensation because you were on the job when the dog bite occurred. The insurance will typically pay for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages due to the injury. But workplace injury victims must file a claim within 30 days of the injury or lose their right to coverage.
In reality, DTLA Law Group recommends reporting the workplace injury immediately to a supervisor or your employer. This is the best way to begin a worker’s comp claim and ensure that it pays for all your medical care related to the injury that occurred while you were working.
In the case of a lawsuit against the dog owner, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim with the court system. The time is called the Statute of Limitations and is a relatively strictly upheld law. If any exceptions to the rule apply to your case, the DTLA Law Group team will explain them to you.
However, it is vital to understand that you can file your claim any time before the two-year point. So please get in touch with our office as soon as possible after your dog bite to gather information and prepare to move forward with your case. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine how long the lawsuit will require to reach completion. But the sooner we file the claim, the sooner you can look forward to receiving your verdict or settlement to pay your medical bills and other expenses related to your dog bite injury.
How Much Will The Settlement Be?
Each lawsuit filed with the court system is valued according to the losses and expenses of the victim. In the case of a dog bite injury, there are many factors to consider, including:
- The total of all current medical bills and an estimate of future medical care needed to treat or repair the dog bite injuries
- All your lost wages if you were unable to work during the healing process
- Any lost wages for the time you missed work for medical treatment, doctors’ appointments, or rehabilitation
- Your legal expenses for hiring DTLA Law Group to handle your lawsuit
- There can be a dollar amount included to represent your pain and suffering due to the dog bite
Your legal team will assist you in gathering all of the documents needed to verify your expenses and losses due to the dog bite injury at work. Our goal is to ensure that you are fully compensated for all your losses and can become financially stable after using your settlement to pay your medical bills and other expenses related to the injuries.
The Added Value Of DTLA Law Group
As you just learned, the lawsuit settlement or verdict should include money to pay for your legal services. However, you will not get that money until the case is settled. To eliminate your added stress and worry about paying to hire a lawyer, the DTLA Law Group works for you with no upfront payment required. Instead, we only get paid after you have your settlement or verdict.
We understand the burden you are under with medical bills and other expenses adding up, especially if you are unable to work. So we offer to handle your legal matter with no money out of your pocket. We have faith in our staff and their ability to win your case. So we assume the financial risk for the time we invest in your case. And you owe us nothing if we do not secure a settlement or verdict in your favor. There is never a chance for you to walk away with substantial legal bills and no compensation to pay them.
Please get in touch with the DTLA Law Group office today to learn more about our expert workplace dog bite injury attorneys and how we will work diligently to defend your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.