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I live in California. Two months ago I took my dog to the “dog beach” near my home and before we even knew what was happening - two loose dogs were racing towards us. As I turned to grab my small puppy, one of the dogs leapt at my backside and took a nasty bite out of the back of  my leg. Literally - you can still see marks from where every one of the dog’s teeth bit into my skin and flesh.

 

The male dog owner and two women had watched the attack. The man called off his dog and immediately ran up the stairway leading to his beach home - taking the attacking dog with him. I was distraught. I was in pain and had fallen in the sand. I was visibly upset and I called out to the women - saying your dog just bit me! They literally turned their backs on me - facing the other way. 

 

I called 911 and reported it. A sheriff came out and made a report. I reported it to animal control and they quarantined the dog for the required amount of time. They said the owner wanted to pay for my medical bills and gave me his phone number. 

 

I spoke with him once and told him I was surprised I had not been contacted by his insurance adjuster. I had suffered an injury and I knew he should turn it into his insurance. He said he was not going to do that but he would pay my medical bills. 

 

The injury has literally had repercussions I will not bore anyone with details about, but they are hard to prove and reach further than I would like to admit. I want to be paid for pain and suffering, compensated for the way it has effected my exercise routine and in turn my health - not to mention the emotional trauma of the experience including how those involved turned their backs on me & my puppy instead of asking if we were okay. 

 

What should I do if the dog owner will not turn this into his insurance company? 

 

I did not go to the doctor and animal control said it was the dog’s first offense. It has been a life changing injury. 

 

Thank you to anyone who can offer me advice.

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7 hours ago, KdelValle said:

I spoke with him once and told him I was surprised I had not been contacted by his insurance adjuster. I had suffered an injury and I knew he should turn it into his insurance. He said he was not going to do that but he would pay my medical bills. 

 

He has no obligation to use his insurance.

 

7 hours ago, KdelValle said:

The injury has literally had repercussions I will not bore anyone with details about, but they are hard to prove and reach further than I would like to admit. I want to be paid for pain and suffering, compensated for the way it has effected my exercise routine and in turn my health - not to mention the emotional trauma of the experience including how those involved turned their backs on me & my puppy instead of asking if we were okay. I did not go to the doctor and animal control said it was the dog’s first offense. It has been a life changing injury.

 

Give me a break. A life changing injury? But no medical treatment?

 

7 hours ago, KdelValle said:

What should I do if the dog owner will not turn this into his insurance company? 

 

Sue him. Trouble is that you have no monetary damages to sue for. Maybe a small claims judge will award you $100 for that picture but that's about it. You haven't won the lawsuit lottery.

 

 

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8 hours ago, KdelValle said:

I knew he should turn it into his insurance. He said he was not going to do that but he would pay my medical bills. 

 

While the terms of his homeowner's policy require him to report it, the only consequence of not doing so is that his insurer won't provide him with coverage, so it's entirely up to him if he wants to pay out of pocket rather than report it to his insurer.

 

 

8 hours ago, KdelValle said:

The injury has literally had repercussions I will not bore anyone with details about, but they are hard to prove and reach further than I would like to admit. I want to be paid for pain and suffering, compensated for the way it has effected my exercise routine and in turn my health - not to mention the emotional trauma of the experience including how those involved turned their backs on me & my puppy instead of asking if we were okay. 

 

. . . 

 

I did not go to the doctor and animal control said it was the dog’s first offense. It has been a life changing injury.

 

If you didn't incur any medical bills, then you might be able to get a few hundred dollars for your pain, but most of what you have written here is not compensible or just downright absurd.  Just because a couple of bystanders "turned their backs" on you doesn't entitle you to anything.

 

 

8 hours ago, KdelValle said:

What should I do if the dog owner will not turn this into his insurance company?

 

Whether he turns it over to his insurer is, frankly, none of your concern.

 

If he isn't willing to pay you an amount you're willing to accept, you're free to sue the guy.

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