In 2017 the state of California had over 2,200 dog bite claims, having the most out of any US state by over 1,000 claims (Florida was in 2nd place with 1,345 claims). If that isn’t disappointing enough, many victims are innocent children who are simply not aware of a dog’s potential harm.
If you’re located in Central California and you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, immediately contact the dog bite lawyers at Champion Law Group. Our attorneys can provide you with a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are passionate about helping dog bite victims get the justice they deserve.
Call us now at 1-800-715-4105. We have five Central California locations to serve you:
Even though we associate dogs with the term “man’s best friend”, they still pose a potential danger. Many injuries caused by a dog attack are unfortunately a result of the owner’s inability to properly discipline, train and socialize their dog.
Who’s Liable for a Dog Bite Under California Law?
Our firm will only pursue a suit against the dog’s owner. Typically, the dog’s owner will have a homeowner’s insurance policy through which we will make a claim on your behalf. To have a better understanding of the liability for dog bites that occur in California, read over Cal. Civ. Code § 3342. :
“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.”
Simply put, a dog owner is the one liable for the injuries caused by their dog if the following is true:
– the bite or attack was due to the owner’s negligence according to strict liability
– or if the owner was already aware or expected to be aware of their dog’s natural tendency to cause harm
Homeowners insurance policies are usually responsible for legal expenses up to the policy limits. Claims that exceed the insurance limits will be the dog owner’s responsibility.
It is important to understand that trespassers generally cannot be compensated for their injuries. In most cases, working military or police dogs are exempt from liability. However, there are exceptions and you should contact a dog bite lawyer at Champion Law Group for a free case evaluation to learn more about your right to compensation.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, contact a dog bite attorney at Champion Law Group now for a free case evaluation. We never collect a fee for our services unless a recovery is made. Call us at 1-800-715-4105 today. You may also use the live chat or contact form on this page.
What Should I Do if I Get Bit by a Dog?
Animal control should be contacted immediately and an incident report filed. It is important to begin treating your dog wound as soon as possible. This should include going to the ER, urgent care or your doctor’s office, depending on the severity of the injuries. If the bite is deep, or if signs of infection start to appear such as swelling, redness, warmth, and pus, immediate medical treatment should be sought.
Here are the steps to take when caring for a dog bite wound at home:
- Take a clean towel and place it over the wound to help stop the bleeding.
- Do your best to keep the injury elevated to slow blood flow to the area.
- Carefully clean the bite with soap and water.
- Use a sterile bandage to cover the wound.
- Perform daily antibiotic application to the wound as directed by your doctor to help prevent infections from developing.
As soon as you can, contact an experienced dog bite attorney at Champion Law Group for your free dog bite lawsuit evaluation. Please try to have ready as much of the following information as possible:
- The name of the dog’s owner.
- If you know the dog’s owner, is the dog up to date on its vaccinations?
- Was the bite or attack provoked or unprovoked?
Dog Bite Lawsuit Payout
Serving Central California, our dog bite attorneys are prepared to assist you in your case in whatever way we can. The pain and injuries sustained from a dog bite or attack are not all that one takes from the incident. Many cases can result in long-lasting emotional and mental trauma for both kids and adults.
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, including:
- Past medical expenses related to the incident. (Emergency room treatment, overnight care, etc.)
- Future medical expenses related to the incident. (Therapeutic services, prescriptions, etc.)
- Disfigurement correction (including plastic surgery).
- Wage loss due to the time potentially took off from work due to the incident.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of employment or other economic losses.
- Punitive damages.
Free Dog Bite Case Evaluation
Dealing with the experience of a dog bite is stressful. It is important to get started on your claim as soon as possible so you get the compensation you and/or your loved one deserve. Speak with one of our dog bite lawyers now for a $0 case evaluation. One of our knowledgeable dog bite attorneys will review your case free of charge and advise you of your rights.
Call 1-800-715-4105 now for your Free Case Evaluation, or use the live chat feature for immediate service.
All personal injury claims, including dog bites and dog attacks, require quick action on your part. The longer it takes for you to seek out legal representation, the more difficult it can be to collect important evidence relevant to your case.
Our staff and lawyers are ready to take your call. Call us now at 1-800-715-4105. Don’t wait, take action now to preserve your right to compensation.