Going on a vacation to a nice resort, hotel, or hostel is supposed to be a relaxing experience that helps reduce stress and recharge from an otherwise hectic schedule. So you might be happy to relax near the pool, sit on the beach, or hang out with friends and family in the common areas on the property. And if the hotel is dog-friendly, you might be inclined to play fetch with a fellow guest’s dog.
But every bit of enjoyment and benefit of your vacation or short getaway is destroyed when you become the victim of a dog bite. It could have been a dog that was friendly the day before or one you had never seen before that just ran up, lunged at you, and sunk its teeth into your arm or leg. All you know is that your trip is ruined, and you want to find out who is to blame for the injury and pain you are suffering. And your first thought is to sue the hotel for allowing this rambunctious and aggressive do onto the property.
But before you decide that suing the motel, hotel, or hostel is your plan of attack, contact the dog bite injury attorney at DTLA Law Group. We will provide a better understanding of the California laws that govern dog bites and your rights to seek compensation for your injuries and suffering resulting from the dog bite. We are here 24/7 and offer a free consultation to any injury victim.
Who Is Responsible For A Dog Bite In California?
When you think about an injury at a large property like a hotel, you might assume that the owner or management of the hotel is responsible for everything that happens on the grounds. Premises liability covers almost every aspect of a property and how it should be kept hazard free. But that is not always the case. For example, when you speak about a dog bite, a whole new set of rules apply. California is a strict liability state in terms of dog bites.
In short, that means the dog owner is responsible for any damage caused by the dog, including injuries resulting from a dog bite. And these rules include any public spaces and private property, like a hotel or motel. The only requirement is that the dig bite victim is a guest, visitor, renter, or tenant of the property. As long as they are legally on the property, not trespassing, they have the right to sue the owner of the dog that bit them. Legal access to the property is required to protect dog owners when their dog bites an intruder at their home or hotel room.
So now that you know who is legally responsible for the dog that bit you at the hotel, you know whom you can sue for compensation. And it is not the hotel. So now it is time to contact DTLA Law Group to learn more about your rights as a personal injury victim and how you can move forward to pursue seeking reimbursement for your medical bills and other losses due to the dog bite injury.
But It Was Just A Small Bite…
Unfortunately, many dog bite victims think that a bite that is not gushing blood is something that can be overlooked. You might get a bruise, but the bite does not warrant medical attention. So they accept the apology of the dog’s owner and go on about their day. It is not until a few days later, when the bite is red, swollen, and seeping puss, that they realize this dog bite is a severe injury. But by then, the dog owner is long gone, and they are left paying all the medical bills for treatment of the infected dog bite.
It is a true myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. But the critical thing to learn is that dogs carry many germs and bacteria in their mouths. And if a dog bite breaks the skin, you are likely to suffer one of three very common infections, including:
- Strep And Staph
All of these maladies are treatable. However, they can all become life-threatening without medical care and proper medication. So always seek medical care after a dog bite, and always get the contact information of the dog’s owner.
What Is The Value Of A Dog Bite Lawsuit?
The value of your dog bite lawsuit can only be determined by calculating the amount of your expenses and losses due to the injury. Your lawyer at DTLA Law Group will help you gather all the information and costs that could qualify as reimbursable for your lawsuit. Some of the common items include:
- All of your current medical bills and the estimated amount of any long-term care you might require
- The total cost of your legal representation for the lawsuit
- The total of your lost wages if your injuries kept you from returning to your job
- Any lost wages from time you took away from work for medical appointments and treatment of your injuries
- A compensatory amount for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the dog bite
When Will I Get My Compensation?
There is no specific time frame that can be determined to know when your case will be completed, and you will have your compensation money. Many factors will impact the time required, including the court’s workload and the defendant’s actions in the case. However, your legal team at DTLA Law Group will work tirelessly to ensure you get your compensation as quickly as possible.
In addition, it is vital to understand that you have a limited time to file your lawsuit with the court. The time is known as the Statute of Limitations, and in California, it is two years from the date of the incident for any personal injury. If you wait longer than two years to file a claim for nearly any reason, you will lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
No Out Of Pocket Legal Fees
After suffering a dog bite, there are sure to be medical bills and other expenses that pile up if you are unable to work. The staff at DTLA Law Group sees this complication for many of our clients and the added stress it can create. So to help reduce the financial challenges of our valued clients, our staff never charges upfront fees for our services. Instead, we only get paid after we complete your case and secure the money you need to pay your bills.
In addition, you owe us nothing if we do not win your case and get a settlement or verdict in your favor. This commitment to the well-being of our clients and their future financial security ensures that you will never owe DTLA Law Group if you do not get a settlement that includes the money to pay for our legal services. We offer you the opportunity to get the money owed to you with no financial risk to yourself. So please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to determine if your dog bite injury entitles you to compensation from the dog owner and how to best move forward to secure that money.