Evidence in Dog Bite Cases

Evidence in dog bite cases plays a crucial part in determining liability for your case. It is essential that you gather the following information to bring to your dog bite lawyer Los Angeles, so he or she is able to fight on your behalf.

Photographs
Photographs play a huge role in proving that you were injured by a dog. Like they say, a picture is worth 1000 words, especially when the victim has suffered lacerations, bruises, or any other type of injury. However, it is essential that your photographic evidence in admissible.

 

With that being said, it is best to consult with an experienced Los Angeles dog bite lawyer so he or she is able to give you the advice and guidance that you need. For instance, when presenting your evidence in during trial, it is important that you provide enlargements of the photos that you plan to use, rather than smaller prints. If you have any questions regarding the use of photos during trial, your attorney will be able to help you along the way.

Breed Characteristics
The characteristics of a certain breed, rather than the defendants own dog, has the potential to be admissible due to the mere fact that their probative value provided enough evidence to show that the dog acted in those same characteristics. However, keep in mind that there are still several cases in which the court has excluded certain evidence in terms of characteristics of a breed. The most common factor that is considered credible evidence is the fact that the dog had aggressive behavior against the plaintiff. With that being said, in most cases, lawyers who represent victims are advised to use their evidence not upon breed characteristics, but on specific acts by the dog that attacked the victim.

Viciousness Against Animals
If the defendant’s dog is prone to attacking other domesticated and non-domesticated animals, then it might be admissible in this case; however, it should not be relied upon to prove that a dog is vicious towards other people. If a dog was loose in an area in which there was a leash law and attacked the victim, then the owner can be held negligent.

Admissibility of the Claim That “the Dog Bit Me”
In many dog attacks, the victim is typically the only one present. If the court believes that there is not enough credible evidence to prove that the dog actually bit the victim and the victim was a child, then the child’s doctor may be able to testify based on the wounds caused by the dog. The reason why a doctor must testify on behalf of a child is due to the fact that defense attorneys may attack the child’s competence to testify.

Expert Testimony By Canine Experts
Experts are often used in cases to provide scientific, technical, or other specialized opinions in a particular area. In these types of cases, a canine expert may be needed to provide specialist knowledge in order to supply expert evidence. However, keep in mind that an expert witness in a dog bite cases can be misleading if it is handled incorrectly. For example, the jury might get the wrong idea that the trial is about the dog’s “state of mind,” or that the owner lacked necessary knowledge to know that the dock would attack the victim. Thus, the victim’s attorney should only use a canine expert’s testimony on very specific issues to prove a certain aspect of the case.

Contact a Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles
These cases are extremely complex and require a lawyer who specializes in dog bite cases exponentially. Our team knows exactly what it takes to prove the negligent party responsible for their dog’s attack. If you or a loved one was injured in a dog bite accident, it is essential that you get help from a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles as soon as possible. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner he or she will be able to work on your case to get you the compensation and justice you deserve for your losses.

We understand that dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite accident is never easy, which is why we are here to help you every step of the way. Feel free to contact us at Gutierrez Law at any time.