Temecula Dog Bite Lawyer

If you hire us for your dog bite 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.

Dog Bites

Dog bites can result in very serious injuries to adults and young children alike. If you have sustained injuries as a result of a vicious dog bite, you may be entitled to monetary recovery under California law.

A Temecula dog bite lawyer may be able to assist you with your case and help you to obtain the monetary compensation that you are entitled to. Contact a compassionate injury attorney today to learn more.

Strict Liability Standard for California Dog Owners

Section 3342 of the California Dog Bite Statute imposes statutory strict liability on owners of dogs that bite someone. Potential dog bite plaintiffs should be aware that a strict liability standard is different from a negligence standard of liability. Strict liability means that a dog owner may still be held liable for the dog’s bite injuries, even if the dog has no prior history of biting people or exhibiting other types of vicious behavior.

In order for strict liability to apply in a Temecula dog bite case, the dog must have bitten someone in a public place or lawfully in a private setting. Therefore, the strict liability rule does not apply to the following:

  • Trespassers
  • Police or military dogs performing their duties
  • Damages to property caused by the dog

California “One Bite Rule”

As an alternative to strict liability, a dog bite victim may be able to file a lawsuit under the California “one bite rule.” Under this rule, the dog owner may be liable for damages when the dog owner has knowledge of the dog’s vicious or dangerous propensities beforehand, including prior bites and other vicious behavior.

Negligence Per Se

Under California law, a dog owner is presumed to have acted in a negligent manner by violating a law or statute that is on the books. In the dog bite context, when a dog owner violates an animal control law, such as by walking a dog without a leash or letting the dog roam around the neighborhood ‘at large,’ the dog owner may be presumed negligent when the dog later bites someone.

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, as in other types of personal injury cases, a lawsuit must ordinarily be brought within two years of the date on which the plaintiff sustained the dog bite injury. This is a hard-and-fast rule. If suit is not filed within that time period, the dog bite plaintiff is forever barred from filing suit or seeking monetary recovery for injuries sustained.

Dog Bite Defenses

Under California law, the following legal defenses may apply in the dog bite context:

  • Trespass
  • Provocation
  • Assumption of risk
  • Comparative negligence

Talking With a Temecula Dog Bite Attorney

Dog bites can result in very serious injuries and damages. Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in dog bite cases may include permanent scarring, abrasions, bite marks, broken bones, fractures, and other serious injuries.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a dog bite, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. In the dog bite context, monetary recovery may include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, spousal support, and permanent damage.

You should feel free to contact an experienced Temecula dog bite lawyer for a free initial consultation.

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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