Escondido Dog Bite Lawyer

If you hire us for your injury case, you can expect 3 things:

  1. Proactive communication about your case, 24/7.
  2. Scheduled updates on your case.
  3. Aggressive representation.

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We Make Working With Our Personal Injury Lawyers Easy

When you sign up with the personal injury lawyers at Sargent Law Firm, the first thing we do is contact the at-fault party’s insurance company and let them know we are representing you. Once they know they have to go through us, they will know that you have experienced legal advocates on your side.

OUR 7-STEP PROCESS:

Free Case Review
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Free Case Review

We are available 24/7, and will review your case and all your options for free.

FREE Case Review

Hire us
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Hire us

You do not pay us until we win your case.

FREE Case Review

Case Plan
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Case Plan

Our team will develop a plan specific for you, and your individual case. We will send letters of representation to insurance companies, obtain police reports, perform accident investigations, and gather all evidence related to the accident.

Medical Treatment
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Medical Treatment

We will help you navigate the healthcare system and your medical treatment. We work with many respected and highly experienced medical providers who will guide your treatment towards recovery, even if you don’t have health insurance.

Negotiations
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Negotiations

We will negotiate on your behalf to help you recover:

  1. Medical Bills & Future Medical Costs
  2. Lost Wages & future loss of earnings
  3. Physical & Mental Pain and suffering, both past & future
  4. Wrongful Death Damages
  5. Property Damages
Settlement
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Settlement

Our goal is to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, and for our clients to be fairly compensated for their injuries.

Litigation
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Litigation

If the insurance company refuses to reach a fair settlement for your case, then our firm will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We have our own Litigation Department who will fight for you in court to recover the money to which you are entitled for your injuries.

01 - Free Case Review

We are available 24/7, and will review your case and all your options for free.

FREE Case Review

02 - Hire us

You do not pay us until we win your case.

FREE Case Review

03 - Case Plan

Our team will develop a plan specific for you, and your individual case. We will send letters of representation to insurance companies, obtain police reports, perform accident investigations, and gather all evidence related to the accident.

04 - Medical Treatment

We will help you navigate the healthcare system and your medical treatment. We work with many respected and highly experienced medical providers who will guide your treatment towards recovery, even if you don’t have health insurance.

05 - Negotiations

We will negotiate on your behalf to help you recover:

  1. Medical Bills & Future Medical Costs
  2. Lost Wages & future loss of earnings
  3. Physical & Mental Pain and suffering, both past & future
  4. Wrongful Death Damages
  5. Property Damages

06 - Settlement

Our goal is to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, and for our clients to be fairly compensated for their injuries.

07 - Litigation

If the insurance company refuses to reach a fair settlement for your case, then our firm will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We have our own Litigation Department who will fight for you in court to recover the money to which you are entitled for your injuries.

Sargent Law Firm’s Recent Personal Injury Claim Results

When Sargent Law Firm represents you, our goal is to secure maximum compensation for your damages. Here are some of our recent results for personal injury claims in California and Idaho.

Every case is unique, and this partial list of our recent results does not guarantee your case will have the same or a similar outcome. Reach out to our personal injury lawyers today so we can evaluate your case based on its own merits.

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Why Choose Sargent Law Firm’s Personal Injury Lawyers?

At Sargent Law Firm, we are dedicated to giving injured parties and their families the support you’ll need to recover and move forward. We create a specific legal plan tailored to your case, which is just the beginning of the benefits of working with our California and Idaho personal injury attorneys.

Reputation

Our law firm has handled 1,000’s of personal injury cases, and is known for our honesty, exceptional client experience, and impressive case results within our community.

No Up-Front Cost

Our clients do not pay us until we win your case!

 

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Protection from The Insurance Companies

Insurance companies want to pay you the least amount of money for your injury claim. We know the techniques and games that insurance companies use, and our firm will fight for your fair compensation.

Experience

Our team of attorneys are compassionate, assertive, and experienced in all aspects of a personal injury case.

Communication

Ongoing communication with our clients is a top priority at our firm. Our experienced team is available by text, phone, email, and client portal to keep our clients updated at every step of their case.

Technology

A Sargent Law Firm Client Portal is created for all of our clients. This allows our clients to access their case and case updates at their convenience. We utilize technology to enhance our client experience and case results.

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Dog Bites

Dog bites can result in very serious injuries. Smaller dogs, while unable to break bones, still carry millions of bacteria that can quickly infect a wound. Naturally, larger dogs can tear skin, break bones, and rupture ligaments. Many states have enacted what are known as “one-bite-laws.”

These state that dog owners are not responsible for their dog’s actions of the dog has no prior history of violence; essentially one free bite. California is not one of those states. California law places responsibility for all damages caused by a dog bite directly on the owner. Escondido dog bite lawyers represent individuals in their cases against dog owners to recover fair compensation for their injuries. Contact a skilled Escondido personal injury lawyer today to begin your claim.

California Dog Bite Laws

California considers dog bites to be strict liability cases. This means that the owner is responsible for any damage caused by the dog regardless of circumstances or the dog’s history. California Civil Code Section 3342 specifically states that “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place…regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

There are a pair of interesting things to note here. First, that the person bit must be in a public place, or lawfully in a private place. The public place portion speaks for itself: any bite that happens on the street, or in a park, is automatically the dog owner’s fault. The other portion recognizes that dogs may occasionally be acting in a way to defend their owner’s well being.

Liability Regulations

Only people who are expressly invited onto the dog owner’s land are protected. Trespassers are afforded no rights under this law. Therefore, an initial question to ask is whether the person who was bitten on private property had the right to be there.

A second interesting point to California law is that it does not require the plaintiff to prove the dog’s vicious nature or the owner’s knowledge of it. Many states do abide by a “one-bite-law” that makes this proof a requirement for recovery. California does not. Whether the dog is known to be a menace in the neighborhood, or was just purchased by the owner, all bites are the owner’s fault. However, injuries that are not bites must be examined within a traditional negligence framework as this statute does not apply.

There are a few notable exceptions to this strict liability rule. If the dog bite occurs as a part of the police’s apprehension of a criminal suspect, or the bitten person provoked the dog, the bitten person has no remedy under this statute. However, it is the burden of the defendant in these cases to demonstrate that this was the case.

If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed through an act of negligence, you need the highest level of legal representation.

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Statute of Limitations in Dog Bite Cases

Potential plaintiffs should be aware that there is a limited time within which a case may be filed. The legal term for this is the statute of limitations.

California Code of Civil Procedure 335.1 states that all people alleging a personal injury have only two years after the incident to file a lawsuit. This may seem like a long time, but a full medical recovery and settlement negotiations can take months. Time is of the essence so contact Escondido dog bite lawyers right away.

Talk to an Escondido Dog Bite Attorney Today

Being bitten by a dog can result in severe injuries, even if the dog is small. Many defendants may claim that the dog has never done this before, and therefore this incident is not their fault. California’s dog bite laws say otherwise.

All dog owners are responsible for bites that happen in public and to invited guests. Escondido dog bite lawyers understand the law as it applies to dog bites and represent individuals who have been bitten to identify all possible defendants and to pursue their claims for damages with speed and vigor. There is a limited time to file a claim so contact right away.

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