The last thing you ever expect is that you or a loved one will be injured due to a dog bite. However, these incidents do occur, and they can cause significant injuries. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are ready to help if you need a Modesto dog bite attorney. We will conduct a full investigation into your claim and take on any aggressive insurance carrier to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for this case
After sustaining a dog bite injury, you need an attorney who will be able to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers. Let Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger get to work on your behalf today.
- We have more than 60 years of experience handling dog bite cases in Northern California, and have an extensive track record of success.
- We have the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate every claim to prove liability.
- We are not afraid to take a case to trial if necessary to secure maximum compensation.
We understand that injury victims may not have the resources necessary to pay an attorney up front, which is why we take Modesto dog bite injuries on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not collect any legal fees until after we secure a favorable settlement verdict on your behalf.
How serious are dog bite injuries?
Dog bite injuries can be incredibly severe. While many of these injuries do not require much medical care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 20% of all dog bite injuries need hospital medical assistance. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our Modesto dog bite lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Major soft tissue damage
- Severed arteries and veins
- Significant damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Puncture wounds and lacerations
- Finger amputations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Significant emotional and psychological damage
Those who are bitten also risk contracting a serious infection, which can lead to the need for additional medical care.
Is this a “strict liability” dog bite state?
When we look at Section 3342 of the Civil Code in California, we can see that this is a “strict liability” dog bite state. That means that it is possible to hold a dog’s owner negligent for injuries caused by a bite even if the dog has never bitten anyone before or been deemed an aggressive animal.
Under the law, victims in these cases generally have a two-year statute of limitations in place. This means that a lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of injury.
Types of compensation available
Those who have been injured due to a dog bite may be entitled to various types of compensation, whether through an insurance settlement or in a lawsuit. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have extensive experience helping clients in these situations. In one case, we were able to secure a $1.5 million settlement in a dog bite and police misconduct case. We are ready to investigate your claim so we can secure coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Modesto dog bite attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 981-7210.