Even if the dog owner is strictly liable to compensate you for the injuries you suffered under California’s dog bite laws, you must prove your case against them. You do this by producing evidence that proves their liability, the seriousness of your injuries, and the amount of compensation that you deserve.
Types of Evidence to Collect in a Dog Bite Case
You need to start collecting evidence that will help you immediately after you were bitten by the dog. Evidence that you should gather includes:
- Government agency report. You are required to report the dog attack to your local health department or other government agency, such as the Department of Animal Services in San Diego. They will conduct an investigation into the dog’s attack. Their report could contain helpful information to prove the liability of the owner and any other negligent parties for your injuries.
- Photographs. You should take photos of the dog that bit you, the location of the attack, and your injuries.
- Witness statements. You should obtain the contact information and statements of any witnesses who saw the dog bite you. These statements can help prove the negligent party’s liability to compensate you for your injuries and refute any defenses they may raise to fight your claim.
- Your clothes. You should preserve the clothes you wore in the same condition they were in at the time of your attack. If they are bloodied or torn, they may be compelling evidence to show to the jury if your case goes to trial.
- Medical records and bills. You should save your medical records that will document how seriously you were hurt and the medical treatments you need for your injuries. Save your medical bills to prove how much compensation you should receive for your medical expenses.
- Wage lost documents. You will need to save your paystubs and other documents from your employer that show the wages and other benefits of your job that you lost while you were off work recovering from your injuries.
- Expert witnesses. Depending on the disputes with the insurance company, you may need to retain a medical, economic, or another type of expert to resolve the dispute with them and settle your claim.
If a family member or you were injured in a dog attack, you need the help of an experienced dog bite lawyer to collect the evidence you need and fight with the insurance company for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To find out how I can assist you, fill out my convenient online form to schedule your free consultation today.