Being bitten by a dog can traumatize you and affect you physically, financially, and emotionally. In spite of this, most of the 4.7 million dog bites that happen every year in the United States aren’t reported, and their victims don’t receive compensation for injuries.
It’s important to immediately take action after a dog bite so that your legal rights can be protected. Nadrich & Cohen are experienced dog bite lawyers in Richmond, CA. We have been representing dog bite victims since 1990, and we know all too well how chaotic things can be after a dog bite.
We are happy to talk to you about your case and your legal options if you have been attacked by or bitten by a dog. We will assist you in recovering financial compensation for any injuries, and we can get you to doctors who won’t charge you until your case is over.
What Compensation Is Available After a Dog Bite?
Most personal injury cases, including dog bites, are eligible to collect compensation for compensatory damages that cover economic and non-economic losses. These include:
You’re probably facing medical bills regarding your dog bite treatment, such as a doctor’s treatment, physical therapy, medication, or visits with a psychologist/psychiatrist. You may also have had a pre-existing condition that was aggravated by your dog bite. We can help you obtain financial compensation for these medical bills in a dog bite claim or dog bite lawsuit.
You may have had to miss time from work in order for your injuries to be treated and for you to recover from your dog bite injuries. You may be entitled to financial compensation for any wages lost as a result of your dog bite.
If your dog bite caused long-term disability or injury, you may also be entitled to financial compensation for any loss of income in the future.
Pain and Suffering
Physical pain isn’t the only kind of pain a dog bite can cause. Dog bites can cause psychological symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, fear of going outside, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dog bites can also lead to emotional distress that causes long-term pain and suffering. Those whose dog bites affect serious relationships like a spousal relationship may be entitled to financial compensation for the loss of the benefits of the relationship. This may mean lost intimacy or companionship due to the dog bite.
Our experienced Richmond dog bite attorneys can accurately determine exactly how much compensation you’re entitled to for pain and suffering.
What Do I Do After a Dog Bite?
You should immediately seek medical attention after being bitten by a dog. The injury might not seem like a severe one, but you don’t know if the dog is rabid or if you might get an infection from the dog bite.
While it’s crucial for your health to seek medical care, doing so also documents the fact that your injury was caused by a dog bite. This documentation is important evidence in a dog bite case.
You should then report your dog bite to the police or Contra Costa County Animal Services. Document your dog bite in as much detail as you can. Collect important evidence such as medical bills, pictures of your injuries, and pictures of the scene of the dog bite.
Try your hardest to identify the dog. Make a mental note of what the dog looks like in case it flees. Gather as much info as possible about the dog’s owner, such as their contact information and name.
Crucially, don’t attempt to settle a dog bite claim without first obtaining the representation of experienced dog bite lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen. Insurance companies won’t offer you a fair settlement if you don’t have a lawyer.
Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?
When dog bite victims without a lawyer do report dog bites to insurance companies, they typically receive between 10% and 20% of what they actually deserve for their injuries.
This happens all the time since people don’t know they can file a claim, aren’t aware of how to prove or document a claim the right way, and don’t have any leverage over insurance companies in the form of being represented by a lawyer.
The only choices dog bite victims have when insurance companies give them lowball settlement offers are to accept the offer or sue them over it. Insurance companies know you can’t win a lawsuit without a lawyer, so they won’t offer you a fair settlement if you don’t have a lawyer.
Nadrich & Cohen has been successfully representing dog bite victims for over 30 years. We know all the ins and outs of California dog bite law. We’ve recovered over $350,000,000 on behalf of our clients. Almost all our cases settle out of court for the fair value of our clients’ injuries because insurance companies fear us.
Our primary concern is always your safety and health. Here’s what we can do for you:
- We’ll immediately obtain appointments for you with the best doctors in the Bay Area.
- We’ll send investigators to talk with witnesses and take pictures of the scene.
- We’ll contact animal control and the police and get reports from them.
- We’ll contact any relevant insurance company to find out what the policy limits are and let them know you’re represented by a lawyer.
- We’ll do everything for you while you focus on recovery.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen for Dog Bite Representation in Richmond
Call us or contact us online today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was bitten by a dog in Richmond. We can discuss your dog bite and any concerns you may have, then come up with a plan for your case. We can discuss your injuries and any financial compensation you may be eligible for.
Our Richmond dog bite lawyers are here to protect your legal rights, obtain the largest possible financial recovery for you, and get you to the best doctors in the Bay Area who won’t charge you until your case is over.
We won’t charge a fee unless and until we obtain compensation for you. The only fee we charge is a portion of any recovery we obtain. In other words, you won’t be charged a fee if we don’t win your case.