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California public safety officials are at an increased risk for suffering dog bite injuries because of the nature of their jobs. When responding to emergencies and incidents, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, first responders and other public safety officials may encounter dogs on the property. These dogs may attack the officers out of fear or aggression. As a result, they can suffer serious and sometimes disfiguring injuries. When this happens, who can they turn to for help? Who will be on their side fighting for them?

For over 20 years, the dog bite injury attorneys at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c. have been staunch legal advocates for injured California public safety officials and their families. We know that injured police officers, firefighters and first responders need an aggressive law firm on their side after they suffer a serious and life-changing injury. We help them file necessary claims against the dog owner or property owner responsible. We have an extensive knowledge of California dog bite laws and premises liability. We use this knowledge to help injured California public safety officials obtain the money they need to put their lives back together again after a serious dog bite.

For a free consultation with an Police Officer & Firefighter Dog Bite Injury Attorney at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c., call (949) 660-7762

California’s Dog Bite Laws

California residents file the most dog bite claims in the country, according to a report from the Insurance Information Institute. In 2018, 2,166 dog bite claims were filed averaging $45,543. Dog bite liability claims account for more than a third of all homeowner’s insurance claims.

According to California law, dog owners are liable for injuries and damages suffered by any person who is bitten by their dog. This includes their own homes, as well as public properties. They are liable for their dog’s actions, even if their dog never bit anyone before. This liability is strict, as long as the person in question was not trespassing or provoking the dog.

When a public safety official responds to an emergency call or a distressed 911 call, they are an “invited” guest on that property. Any injury they suffer from a dog attack would be covered under California’s dog bite laws. While these injured officials may find that they are eligible for workers’ compensation, these benefits do not typically cover all expenses and damages. As such, injured Orange County officers need a law firm on their side who can help them file the necessary claims to obtain the money they need to rebuild their lives and recover.

Dog Bite Injuries & Medical Expenses

Some dog bite injuries result in serious disfigurement and permanent scarring. Accident survivors may find that they must undergo multiple hospitalizations, painful skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries in order to recover. Even when they do recover, their lives may never be the same. They may suffer from limited range of motion, scarring, contractures and muscle damage. When this occurs, they may find that they are unable to return to work or continue in their chosen profession.

Dog bite injury survivors need someone on their side who can fight for their right to full and complete compensation. This includes present medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings and pain and suffering.

At Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c., our attorneys will go to work for you quickly to build your case. We will investigate your incident and work with your medical team to uncover how your injuries may affect your future. We then use this knowledge to negotiate a better settlement for you. If necessary, our dog bite lawyers will take your case to court to help you obtain the money you deserve.

Did You Suffer a Dog Bite Injury?

If you suffered a dog bite injury in Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange County or anywhere throughout California, do you know where you can turn for help? It may seem like no one is on your side after you suffer a dog bite injury, but that is untrue. The law is on your side – and so are we.

At Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c., we represent public safety members after they have suffered a serious dog bite injury. No matter how your injury occurred, we are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We know that workers’ compensation claims are never enough. That is why we work around-the-clock to help injured California public safety officials and their families file claims against negligent dog owners.

We offer a free initial consultation to help you explore your legal options. Call our law firm at (949) 660-7762 or fill out our confidential contact form.

The personal injury lawyers at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c. are proud to serve public safety members and their families and friends throughout all of California.