Bitten By A Dog? Know Your Rights.
California is a strict liability dog bite state. This generally means that owners are responsible when their dogs bite someone — no matter what.
Dog owners may raise the defense of trespassing. In order to collect damages, a victim must have been bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place.
Whether you were bitten by an off-leash dog that was running around your neighborhood or a dog that was in its own home, where you were a guest, the dog owner is liable. California dog owners are responsible for injuries their dogs cause regardless of where the attack takes place and whether the dog has an aggressive history.
At PAR Law Firm, I help people file dog bite claims in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Alameda County and throughout the Tri-Valley. If you, your child or loved one suffered dog bite injuries, call 925-829-1117 to talk to a personal injury attorney for free about recovering compensation for medical expenses, reconstructive or plastic surgery, physical and emotional trauma and more.
Types Of Dog Attack Injuries
While California law holds dog owners liable for bite injuries, the law is less strict for other types of injuries dogs cause.
When dogs knock down, scratch or otherwise injure people, dog owners are only liable if owner negligence can be proved. In such cases, as your attorney I would work to prove that the dog owner failed to take reasonable steps to control the dog. For example, the dog might have been left off of its leash, unfenced or allowed around small children even though it had a known history of aggression.
Whatever type of injury or bite you have suffered, I will help you understand your legal options. I charge no upfront lawyers’ fees unless I obtain a recovery for you. I do not get paid unless you get paid.
Dog Bite Injury Claims Process
While California law holds dog owners liable for the actions of their dogs in many cases, when you file a claim it will typically be handled by the dog owner’s insurance company. Even if the dog owner is a family member or friend, there is no need to feel guilty pursuing a claim.
No one should be offended or hurt when a dog bite claim is filed. Homeowners carry insurance to protect themselves and their loved ones from unexpected harm. If you have experienced a dog bite — and the medical bills and other damages that result — you have the right to file a claim against the insurance company.
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