Nobody ever expects that they will be bitten and injured by a dog, but the reality is that these incidents do occur and they can cause significant damage. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are here to help if you need a Stockton dog bite injury attorney. We know how to handle insurance carriers in these cases, and we will work to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
Why choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger?
After sustaining a dog bite injury, you need an attorney that has extensive experience handling insurance carriers in these cases. Let Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger help you today.
- Our Stockton dog bite injury attorneys have been helping clients in this area for more than six decades.
- We have a full-time physician on staff who can help us assess your injuries and prove your case at trial.
- We are not afraid of aggressive insurance carriers, and we will take your case to trial if necessary to obtain maximum compensation.
Our team understands that injury victims may not have the resources to pay for an attorney up front, which is why we take Stockton dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis. This means clients owe no legal fees until we secure the compensation they deserve.
Dog bite injuries can be severe
Most people would be surprised to learn that millions of people are bitten by dogs each year. While most injuries caused by these incidents are relatively minor, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that approximately 20% of all dog bite injuries require treatment at the hospital each year.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our Stockton dog bite injury lawyers have extensive experience helping clients who have sustained the following injuries in these incidents:
- Severe soft tissue damage
- Puncture wounds and lacerations
- Severed veins or arteries
- Damaged ligaments, tendons, and muscles
- Amputations of the fingers
In the aftermath of a dog bite incident, victims may sustain significant scarring or disfigurement that can lead to loss of enjoyment of life and tremendous pain and suffering.
Is California a strict liability dog bite state?
Section 3342 of the Civil Code in California indicates that the state has a “strict liability” statute in place when it comes to dog bite injuries. This means that the owner of the dog can be held liable for damages caused by the bite incident regardless of whether or not the dog has a history of aggression or has bitten anybody before. If victims in these cases need to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their losses, then they need to do so within two years from the date the bite occurred.
What kind of compensation is available?
If you or a loved one have been bitten and injured by a dog, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have extensive experience helping clients recover compensation in these cases, including a $1.5 million settlement for a client injured by a dog bite as a result of police misconduct.
Let our team investigate your case so we can obtain coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. We are not afraid to take on aggressive insurance carriers. When you need a Stockton dog bite attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 899-2919.