Nadrich & Cohen is actively representing those who have been injured by dog bites in Salinas, CA.
We have been handling dog bite attack cases since 1990, and have recovered over $350,000,000 for our clients in that time. Our vast experience in helping clients obtain financial compensation for their dog bite injuries allows us to put together the most convincing possible case for dog bite victims and obtain for them the largest financial recovery possible for their dog attack injuries.
If you are a dog bite victim, we will handle your case on a contingency fee basis; we offer a no fee promise. This means that our Salinas dog bite lawyers won’t charge you a fee until and unless we obtain compensation for your injuries. In other words, we don’t charge California dog bite victims a fee unless we win their case. If we win your case, our fee will simply be a portion of any financial recovery we obtain. You will never owe us anything out of pocket.
If you can’t afford to get medical treatment for your dog bite injuries, the experienced dog bite lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen work with the finest doctors in California, so we can get you treatment which you won’t have to pay for until your case is over. Doctors do this for our clients because they know that we consistently get great results for our clients.
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, call Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite attorney in Salinas, CA. You can also text us from this page.
How Can A Salinas Dog Bite Attorney Help Me?
There’s a complex process behind filing a dog bite injury claim. You might require the help of a Salinas dog bite lawyer experienced in handling dog bite claims, especially if a serious injury is involved. Insurance companies aren’t your friend, and will do everything they can to avoid paying you what you deserve for your injuries. A lawyer can assist you in multiple ways regarding a dog bite claim, such as:
- Answering any questions you have about the legal process
- Performing a dog bite incident investigation
- Figuring out whose fault the dog bite is; the at-fault party is usually the dog owner
- Assisting you in proving that another party is liable for your injuries
- Filing a claim with an insurance company for you
- Handling all communications and negotiations with insurance companies for you
- If needed, trying your case in court
A dog bite attorney in Salinas can ensure that anything you need during the dog bite claims process is taken care of, such as medical treatment by the best doctors in California as well as answering any questions you have regarding the legal process. We can handle every aspect of your case for you while you focus on recovering from your dog bite injuries.
What Do I Do After A Dog Bite?
Seek medical attention immediately: Those who are bitten in dog attacks should immediately call 911 and request emergency treatment. Apply pressure to the wound if it’s bleeding in order to minimize any loss of blood. Thoroughly wash the wound using soap and water. It’s important for dog bite cases that you tell doctors about any and all injuries you suffer during the attack, no matter how minor, so that the injuries are properly documented by doctors and so that you’re properly treated.
Collect evidence and documentation: If you physically can, you should identify the dog you were bit by and get any and all needed information from the dog’s owner. Dog bites typically occur in homes. If you’re injured by a dog bite in a home, you will typically be compensated for your injuries by homeowner’s insurance, so get the dog owner’s name, address, phone number, email address and insurance information. Taking pictures can also help document the dog bite.
Call animal services and the police: Make a phone call to the police, requesting they show up at the dog bite scene to write up a report on it. This corroborates the dog bite and can help obtain important information about the dog owner if they’re not willing to give you this information. Call animal services and file a report. This will allow them to take any action necessary, such as taking the dog into custody to prevent it from attacking anyone else.
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Call Nadrich & Cohen: Insurance companies are not your friend. They’ll do whatever they can to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. They’ll try to get you to talk to them while recording you, and they’ll try to trick you into saying things that imply your own fault for a dog bite, or that minimize any injuries you’ve sustained. They’ll also pressure you into accepting an offer that’s worth far less than what you’re entitled to under California dog bite laws, hoping you’re desperate enough for money to accept it.
Before you sign anything or talk with any insurance companies, call the Salinas dog bite attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to talk about the legal options available to you. We have vast experience in obtaining full financial compensation from dog owners and their insurance companies, compensation which compensates victims for physical injuries as well as emotional and psychological trauma such as post traumatic stress disorder.
A California dog bite lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can help make the dog bite claims process as easy as it can be for you. We also work with a network of doctors as well as mental healthcare providers who can start treating you right after a dog bite attack. This treatment is often on a lien basis, meaning you won’t be charged for it until your case is over.
Dog bites occur, but you shouldn’t have to pay for them when they’re not your fault. Call the California dog bite law office of Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation. We’ll get you the care you require and start working on your dog bite case immediately.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Many types of serious injury can result from dog bites. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 15 to 20 percent of dog bites become infected. Infections can be extremely harmful and dangerous to people.
An infected dog bite can lead to numerous medical conditions which can be quite dangerous, including:
- Capnocytophaga spp.
Dog bites can also lead to injuries other than infections, such as:
- Permanent scars
- Puncture wounds
- Crush injuries
- Avulsion injuries
- Nerve damage
- Eye loss
- Limb loss
- Head trauma
- Damage to tendons
- Soft tissue damage
- Back injuries
- Post-traumatic stress
- Emotional distress
Each dog bite case is different. However, the above conditions can be quite painful and lead to tons of medical treatments and associated medical bills. Many dog bite victims require reconstructive surgery after dog bite attacks.
Recovering Financially From A Dog Bite
Dog bites do a ton of damage to dog bite victims and their families. There are laws regarding dog bites and personal injuries which exist so those who suffer injuries which aren’t their fault can obtain justice and compensation for their injuries. When someone gets bitten by a dog, they can be badly hurt, and they can only obtain justice if they have a right to financial compensation for any harm they endure.
Two kinds of damages can be recovered if you’ve been bitten by a dog: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages can be directly connected to a tangible form of loss, economically speaking. Present and past economic damages can be given an objective value, whereas future economic losses are estimated. Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses: Dog bite victims can recover any medical care costs related to their dog bite, including costs already incurred as well as any costs needed in the future to treat the dog bite injuries, including the costs of mobility equipment, if necessary.
- Lost wages: Dog bite victims often miss time from work. They’re either unable to work or they need to take time off from work to get treated. These lost wages can be recovered in a dog bite claim or dog bite lawsuit.
- Loss of earning capacity: Dog bite victims are often left permanently unable to work, or permanently unable to do the work they used to. Any loss of earning capacity related to your dog bite can be financially recovered.
Non-economic damages are usually damages relating to the quality of life of a dog bite victim. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you’re probably facing struggles that you wouldn’t be if you weren’t attacked by the dog. We can help you obtain financial compensation for:
- Emotional distress: Those injured in dog bites may suffer severe and/or permanent emotional distress, such as fearing dogs, fearing being in public, nightmares, sleep deprivation and more.
- Pain and suffering: Those who are bitten by dogs obviously suffer from psychological trauma and physical pain, which can be ongoing. You may qualify for compensation for this trauma.
- Loss of companionship: Dog bites are so bad sometimes that the victim can no longer enjoy life with their family and/or spouse. A lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen can help quantify this loss and obtain compensation for it.
Was My Dog Bite Bad Enough For Me To Have A Case?
The severity of dog bites varies greatly from bite to bite. Some dog bites can cause severe damage, catastrophic injury or even death, whereas other dog bites can cause serious mental trauma. Physical injuries don’t need to occur for a lawsuit to be filed. It does, however, help if you have physical evidence like bruises, lacerations, stitches and medical bills.
Psychological damage can be terrible, and this damage shouldn’t ever be downplayed. Dog bite victims can end up with permanent emotional damage which makes it difficult to experience life normally ever again.
If you think your dog bite may be worthy of a case, let a Salinas dog bite lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen review your case and let you know if we can obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
Can I Sue Over My Dog Bite?
If you’ve been bitten by a dog in California, the dog owner is liable for your injuries even if the dog hasn’t bitten someone before. You’ll be able to sue in almost every case, barring these exceptions:
- You were trespassing when you were bitten
- You harassed or provoked the dog
- You were bitten while doing work that puts you at a high risk of dog bites, like working as a veterinarian
- You were bitten by a military or police dog that was performing its duties appropriately
How Long Do I Have To File A Dog Bite Lawsuit?
You have two years from the date of the dog bite under CCP § 335.1 to file a dog bite lawsuit. If you don’t file a lawsuit during that time period, you’ll lose your right to file a lawsuit. You’ll be left without a way to obtain compensation from the dog owner.
Because of this, you should call us right away after any dog bite. This will give us as much time as possible to build the strongest case possible for you, get you the medical treatment you need, preserve your legal rights and meet any applicable deadlines.
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If you’ve suffered serious injuries after a dog bite, you’re probably quite stressed right now. You may have medical bills piling up and you may be unable to work to pay those bills. The last thing you need is to handle a complex dog bite claim on your own, especially since you won’t be able to recover what you deserve without a lawyer. Insurance companies know that dog bite victims without a lawyer can’t force them to pay out what they’re legally obligated to, as dog bite victims who don’t have a lawyer can’t file a lawsuit over a lowball offer and win. You’ll only be able to obtain the compensation you’re entitled to under California law if you’re represented by experienced dog bite lawyers the insurance companies fear and respect, lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen.
Call us today for a free consultation or text us from this page. You may be entitled to financial compensation.