Hayward, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California

Q: My parents and dog were attacked by a pit bull yesterday on our street.

My dog and dad both got bit. My dog was bit in the rib cage and my dad was bit in the arm.

My dad was able to fight off the pitbull without any more harm being done to anyone. The pitbull came from a house on our street. We called animal control who came out today and took a police report and went to go talk to the other party. But they are denying it happened. I asked the officer to go talk to some witnesses that saw what happened. I plan on going to some houses nearby to ask if they have any cameras that maybe caught the incident.

Should I wait for the police report to be completed to hire a lawyer?

(I provided the officer with copies of our vet bill and my dads co pay from the hospital since he has to get shots for potential rabies)

3 Lawyer Answers
Haleh Shekarchian
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Haleh Shekarchian
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  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Your father can file a claim against the owner of the house where the dog came out from as well as against any tenant who owns the dog. Your dad is entitled to recovery of his medical bills, loss of earnings, pain and suffering etc

He should contact anyone of us on Justia ASAP for a free consultation.

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: First, he should go the doctor. them, call an attorney. There's no reason to wait for a police report. If your Dad wants a lawyer, he should consult with one.

Gerald Barry Dorfman agrees with this answer

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You should sit down and talk to a personal injury lawyer right away. Having the completed police report is needed but there may be some things the attorney can do before it's ready.

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