Pet industry sales have skyrocketed to over $100 million dollars per year in the United States. This astronomical number makes more sense when you realize that nearly 70% of all homes have at least one pet. From basic companionship to emotional support, people are embracing the benefits of having a pet in their lives. So it is no shock to visit a Petco store and see crowds of people shopping for treats, toys, and other items for their beloved pets. In addition, you are likely to see many of those pets accompanying their owners in the pet-friendly environment of Petco.
You might even be one of the many shoppers who enjoy taking your dog to the store with you and see this opportunity as a significant benefit to shopping at Petco. However, that can all change when you suffer a dog bite or a slip and fall injury. Sadly, many of the slip and fall injuries at Petco are related to dog urine on the floor or a wet and slippery part of the floor after urine has been mopped up and the floor cleaned.
If you have suffered a slip and fall injury or a dog bite injury at Petco, it is vital that you seek medical care immediately to ensure any injuries are diagnosed and treated correctly. Then it is crucial to seek the expert advice of a Petco injury lawyer at DTLA Law Group. Our staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your injuries and how to best protect your rights and ability to file a lawsuit to secure the compensation owed to you for your injuries and losses.
What To Do After A Slip And Fall Injury
Millions of personal injury victims each year suffer a slip and fall incident that can leave them with anything from minor bruises to traumatic brain injury or life-threatening injuries. If your injuries are severe, it is clear that you need to call 911 and wait for emergency medical care to arrive. However, even when the injuries appear minor, it is equally as crucial to seek a medical evaluation to ensure no masked injuries.
In addition, a few steps should also be taken to ensure you have all the essential information you might need if filing a lawsuit becomes necessary. In the case of a minor injury, you can gather the information yourself. Or if your injuries are severe, ask a family member or friend to assist you in gathering the following information:
- The names and contact information of witnesses to the fall
- The name and contact information of the store manager
- A copy of any incident report completed by the store staff
- Photos of the area where you feel and any issues such as moisture on the floor or damaged floor surface that contributed to the hazardous conditions
- Pictures of your injuries immediately after the fall
All of this information will be very helpful when you contact DTLA Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your injuries and the legal merit of your case.
What To Do After A Dog Bite Injury
As a pet owner, you might be very interested in meeting other pet owners and their animals when shopping at Petco. In most cases, the animals are docile and appreciate the added attention. However, some pets can become overwhelmed with the new surroundings, all the attention, and strange people approaching them. This added stress on dogs can typically result in the dog snapping, lashing out, or biting a nearby person.
If you have suffered a dog bite at Petco, there is some very critical information you need to gather. If the injury is severe, call 911 to ensure you get the immediate medical care required to protect your health. However, if the bite wound appears minor, you can gather this essential information before seeking a medical evaluation of your injury.
- The name and contact information of the dog owner
- The name of the animal and contact information for its vet
- The names and contact information of any witnesses to the bite incident and a written statement if they are willing to provide it.
- A photo of the dog
- Pictures of your injuries immediately after the bite
- The name and contact information for the store manager and a copy of the store incident report
Regardless of the severity of the dog bite, seek a complete medical evaluation for your health and safety. Dogs’ mouths contain many germs and bacteria that are harmful to humans. Even a tiny puncture wound can result in strep, staph, blood, or bone infection that will become very painful and even life-threatening without proper medical care.
After seeing a doctor to evaluate your injuries, contact DTLA Law Group to schedule a free consultation with a Petco injury lawyer. Our staff is here 24/7 to ensure that you have a reliable resource to answer all your legal questions related to a slip and fall, dog bite, or other injury suffered at a Petco store in California.
Understanding The Statute Of Limitations
In California, the Statute of Limitations on most personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. Therefore, if your claim is not filed with the court system by the second anniversary of the injury, the claim is likely to be denied. However, you are not obligated to wait that long to file your lawsuit. The expert personal injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group will help you understand any exceptions to the statute that could apply to your case and why they might be advantageous to you. In addition, they can help you determine when it is in your best interest to file your claim.
There is no reliable way to determine how long it will take for any case to make its way through the court system. The severity of your injuries, the actions of the defendant, and even the court’s workload will all impact the time required to complete the case and secure your compensation. So filing sooner than the two-year time limit can benefit many personal injury victims.
The Potential Value Of A Petco Slip And Fall Or Dog Bite Injury
Most lawsuits’ value is based on the actual expenses and losses of the victim. For example, in the case of a slip and fall or dog bite injury sustained at a Petco store, typically, the most significant portion of the claim is the cost of medical care to treat the injuries. The second largest amount is likely to be your lost wages if you cannot work while healing from the injuries. Other amounts added to the total of the claim can include the value of damaged or destroyed property and your legal fees to file the lawsuit. The team at DTLA Law Group will assist you in compiling all the expenses you incurred due to your injuries to determine the amount of your lawsuit. In some cases, a dollar amount can be added to compensate you for the pain and suffering you endure due to your injuries, treatment, and healing.
Why Choose DTLA Law Group As Your Petco Injury Lawyer?
The dedicated and experienced personal injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group are here to ensure that all personal injury victims have access to the highest quality legal services. We understand that you might have no experience working with a legal team or preparing for a lawsuit. And we are here to make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Our legal experts will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the most robust settlement possible so that you can move forward with rebuilding your life without added financial challenges and concerns.
No Upfront Legal Fees From DTLA Law Group
As an injury victim, you will face many difficulties, from the healing of your injuries to worries about paying bills and missing work. At DTLA, we pledge to do everything in our power to help secure the compensation you need to allow you to focus on healing rather than money worries. In addition, we pledge never to add to these financial concerns with out-of-pocket legal fees or expenses.
You owe our firm nothing until we complete our job and get you the settlement or verdict you deserve. And if we fail to do as we have promised, you owe us nothing. It is the honest and decent way to do business. And that is the DTLA way. Finally, in most settlements, a dollar amount is included to cover the cost of your legal fees. So by waiting until our clients get paid, we know they will never have to use money from their savings or household budget to pay for our services. It makes our client’s life easier and is one way we can help them to begin moving past this traumatic event.
If you have suffered a slip and fall, dog bite injury, or other injuries at Petco, please get in touch with DTLA Law Group for a free consultation. Our personal injury lawyers will help you understand your rights and decide how to move forward to secure the compensation owed to you for your injuries, losses, and suffering.