After a dog bite accident, it’s crucial to have the right San Diego dog bite lawyer to help you understand your legal rights and seek compensation for damages from a dog attack. At The Dominguez Firm, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal representation for these traumatic injury cases.
With over 35 years of experience and a 96%* success rate, we have won over $1 billion* for our clients and counting. We will work closely with you throughout this challenging journey, from understanding your case to negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf. Let us help you today! Call (800) 818-1818 for your free consultation.
What to Do After a Dog Bite Incident
Seek Medical Treatment
Your priority after being bitten by a dog should be to seek immediate medical attention. Even if your injury appears minor at the time, you must document the full extent of your injury with medical professionals as soon as possible. This will help protect your rights against the animal’s owner later on. Furthermore, obtaining medical attention right away will ensure that any infection or complications related to the bite can be addressed promptly.
File a Police Report
The second step is to file a police report. Since dog bites can lead to severe injuries and long-term damage, they should always be taken seriously and reported to local authorities immediately. Filing a police report serves multiple purposes: it provides an official record of the incident, which can help if you pursue legal action; it helps law enforcement locate and apprehend potentially dangerous animals; and it makes sure that any potential fines or penalties associated with owning a dangerous animal are appropriately enforced.
Contact an Attorney
Finally, contact an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in dog bite cases. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights throughout the legal process and work to get you the maximum compensation for your dog bite injuries. They will also negotiate with insurance agents for the dog owner on your behalf, make sure you receive all the medical attention you need and handle every other detail of your San Diego dog bite injury claim.
How to Find the Right San Diego Dog Bite Attorney
Do Your Research
Researching attorneys is an important part of finding the best person to represent you. Start by reading reviews from past clients. Note any awards or honors attorneys from the firms you’re interested in have received. Ask about their success rate when handling a dog bite case. Additionally, it is helpful to learn more about how they handle their cases and what strategies they use when preparing for trial.
The Dominguez Firm has over 35 years of experience helping injury victims and a success rate of 96%*. The firm has a high rate of referrals from existing clients and is a full service law firm. The Dominguez Firm is not a referral service. It has its own team of litigation attorneys backed by over 130 bilingual professionals and investigators ready to help you.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential firms, you should contact them directly and ask any questions during your search process. This will help you know how comfortable you would be working with each firm and how well they understand your case specifically. Make sure they are knowledgeable and willing to listen to your concerns and answer all your questions clearly and thoroughly before deciding on one firm in particular.
Look at Their Payment Structure
The Dominguez Firm works on a contingency basis, That simply means we get paid from a percentage of your final settlement or verdict amount. Clients don’t have to work about any legal fees, hidden costs or any out-of-pocket expenses. And in the unlikely event we’re not able to secure any compensation for you, you owe us nothing. In other words, if there is no recovery, there is no fee.
Most personal injury law firms also work on a contingency basis. However, confirm this when you call them. And ask them if you owe them anything if they don’t win your case.
The Benefits of Hiring a Local Lawyer for Your Case
First, having a lawyer familiar with the area can make all the difference in your case. An excellent local lawyer will know all the players, from judges to attorneys, and have experience navigating cases like yours. Additionally, they will be well-versed in San Diego-specific laws and ordinances that might come into play during your case. They’ll also have access to expert witnesses who specialize in dog bite cases and know how to get evidence quickly if needed. This can speed up the process and increase your chances of success.
Another advantage of working with a San Diego personal injury lawyer is that they’ll understand county court processes better than someone from out of town. They’ll also be familiar with local police departments, neighborhoods and judges. When it comes down to it, this level of granular knowledge can mean better results for you as a client.
Finally, San Diego dog bite lawyers have their own network of doctors ready to treat you for your accident injuries. You’ll be seen by doctors who live close to you and many firms can also provide transportation. They’ll likely have local dog bite experts that can help strengthen your case. All these advantages add up quickly and make hiring a local lawyer an attractive option when dealing with any accident injury case in San Diego.
Let The Dominguez Firm Represent You
A dog attack is one of the most horrific events a person can experience. Besides the obvious physical injuries, victims often need mental health counseling to deal with what’s happened. The Dominguez Firm is well aware of the unique requirements of a dog bite case. We have over 35 years of experience assisting injury victims throughout California, and a 96%* success rate. Plus, we work on contingency, meaning we only get paid if we secure compensation for you.
With our extensive network of medical experts and in-house investigators, The Dominguez Firm is a full service personal injury law firm. If you or a loved suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a dog in San Diego County, call us for a free consultation at (800) 818-1818 today.