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Dog Bite Injury Attorneys in Fresno

When we think about dogs, we often consider them to be valued friends and treasured companions. For many pet owners, their dog is a member of the family. After all, dogs are often known as “man’s best friend.” However, dogs can also be very dangerous.

For many dog bite victims, “man’s best friend” presents a terrifying reminder of painful injuries. Dog bites can result in severe and lifelong damages. Victims of dog attacks often sustain lacerations, significant bleeding, damaged muscle tissue, and more. Beyond the physical damage, victims of dog bites sometimes suffer significant psychological distress.  

These very severe consequences make dog bites a serious and legally significant personal injury. If you or someone you love has sustained a dog bite injury in Fresno, do not hesitate, contact Owen, Patterson & Owen (OPO) now. You may be owed financial compensation for the costs associated with your dog bite injury. 

For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Fresno, call 800.672.5295

OPO Works Hard to Help Dog Bite Victims in Fresno

We believe that dog bite victims deserve financial recovery for the physical, economic, and psychological damages that they sustain. While dog attacks often result in similar types of injuries, our legal team knows that each client’s story and experience are unique. 

At OPO, our attorneys have decades of experience in helping dog bite victims get their lives back on track. We know that a dog bite can be one of the most terrifying and traumatic events you will ever experience. The psychological and emotional trauma of being attacked by an animal is extremely serious. Our compassionate lawyers work to understand your experience so that we can effectively fight for you. 

We know that victims are more than just legal clients. They are often confused, scared, and distressed. Dog bite victims are normal people facing enormous physical and financial challenges. We strive to help our clients get the recovery they need to get on with their lives.

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    When we think about dogs, we often consider them to be valued friends and treasured companions. For many pet owners, their dog is a member of the family. After all, dogs are often known as “man’s best friend.” However, dogs can also be very dangerous.

    For many dog bite victims, “man’s best friend” presents a terrifying reminder of painful injuries. Dog bites can result in severe and lifelong damages. Victims of dog attacks often sustain lacerations, significant bleeding, damaged muscle tissue, and more. Beyond the physical damage, victims of dog bites sometimes suffer significant psychological distress.

    These very severe consequences make dog bites a serious and legally significant personal injury. If you or someone you love has sustained a dog bite injury in Fresno, do not hesitate, contact Owen, Patterson & Owen (OPO) now. You may be owed financial compensation for the costs associated with your dog bite injury.

    For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Fresno, call 800.672.5295

    OPO Works Hard to Help Dog Bite Victims in Fresno

    We believe that dog bite victims deserve financial recovery for the physical, economic, and psychological damages that they sustain. While dog attacks often result in similar types of injuries, our legal team knows that each client’s story and experience are unique. 

    At OPO, our attorneys have decades of experience in helping dog bite victims get their lives back on track. We know that a dog bite can be one of the most terrifying and traumatic events you will ever experience. The psychological and emotional trauma of being attacked by an animal is extremely serious. Our compassionate lawyers work to understand your experience so that we can effectively fight for you. 

    We know that victims are more than just legal clients. They are often confused, scared, and distressed. Dog bite victims are normal people facing enormous physical and financial challenges. We strive to help our clients get the recovery they need to get on with their lives.

    Contact Us Today

    Request a Free
    Consultation




      The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

      Disclaimer:



      Why Do Domesticated Dogs Bite?

      Any dog, no matter how well-behaved it may be, can bite when it feels it is being threatened. Veterinary professionals believe that there are four primary motivations for dogs to bite. These include:

      • The dog is reacting to a stressful environment
      • The dog is startled or afraid for its safety
      • The dog feels threatened by a person or animal
      • The dog has an illness that affects behavior 

      At OPO, we will investigate the circumstances of your case. We will leverage our extensive investigative expertise to learn all we can about the animal’s past behavior. 

      How Does California Law Handle Dog Bites?

      Dog bite statutes vary by state. California law includes what is known as a “strict liability” statute related to dog bite cases. Some other states have enacted a “one-bite rule.” This type of law only allows bite victims to seek compensation for their injuries if the dog owner was aware of a previous attack or biting incident.

      California’s strict liability approach places a higher standard of responsibility on dog owners. Under a strict liability statute, the dog owner is responsible for the damages that the animal causes, no matter what. Even if the dog owner is unaware that the animal will be aggressive, they are still legally liable.

       

      The Financial Impact for Dog Bite Victims

      Although many domesticated dogs are friendly, dog attacks are not rare events. According to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly five million Americans suffer dog bites annually. As a result, almost 800,000 require medical treatment. Those most vulnerable to dog attacks are the elderly and children under fourteen. These two populations account for nearly half of all reported dog bites. 

      While the physical damage from a dog attack can be significant, the financial impact can be nearly as challenging. Medical bills and expenses can skyrocket after this type of personal injury. On average, the medical expenses for dog bites that require hospitalization are $18,200. This amount is fifty percent higher than hospitalization for other types of injuries. 

      Victims should not have to handle mounting medical bills for injuries that they did not cause. If another party is legally liable for your dog bite injury, it is important to hold them accountable.  

      The skilled attorneys at OPO have extensive experience in securing financial recovery for dog attack victims. We know how to recover the best settlement possible in dog bite cases. 

      To help our clients, our firm partners with a trusted network of physicians and other medical care providers. If necessary, they will deliver personalized medical treatments at no upfront cost to you. 

      I highly recommend Owen, Patterson & Owen! They are an experienced firm that knows how to take care of their clients. Tamiko and Greg were amazing to work with when they handled my son’s dog bite case. They genuinely cared about my son and the process was flawless. — Hillary Broadwater

      The Emotional Impact of Dog Bites

      The physical harm from a dog bite can be devastating. But these are not the only challenges that attack victims must confront. Oftentimes, the emotional and psychological trauma caused by a dog bite is even more difficult to handle. At OPO, we work to ensure that our clients receive the psychological care that they need.  

      This type of mental health care is especially important when the dog bite victim is a child. While most adults are able to conceptualize and discuss their emotional trauma, children are often unable to process their experience. 

      Common symptoms that children experience following a dog attack include: 

      • Uncontrollable emotions
      • Nightmares
      • Bedwetting
      • Emotional withdrawal
      • Unexplained anger
      • Ongoing fear
      • And more 

      Dog attacks have been known to decrease a child’s sense of security, leading to many long-term problems. At OPO, we work hard to ensure that Fresno injury victims have all the care that they need to move forward. 

      Why You Should Hire OPO for Your Dog Bite Case

      If you have searched online for dog bite attorneys in Fresno, you will know that there are many options. Most personal injury firms make similar claims and promises. Lots of lawyers will promise to secure positive results for injury victims. But while many make lofty claims, few have the experience and track record to back up their words.

      When you have sustained a dog bite injury, you should be able to focus on your recovery. You should not be stuck worrying about your attorney’s ability to get the money that you need

      OPO has over a four-decade-long history of legal expertise and success. When other California attorneys and firms are intimidated by an accident case, they call us.

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      If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, contact Owen, Patterson & Owen at 800.676.5295 or contact us for your free consultation. During this free evaluation, an experienced attorney will review your case and advise your best options for a successful outcome.

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