Dog Bites and Attacks

Los Angeles Area Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog bites and animal attacks are unpredictable, and all too often result in serious personal injuries, emotional trauma and even death. Furthermore, there is no such thing as "one free bite." Dog owners are responsible when their animal attacks a person. If you or your child was bitten, or injured by a dog or other animal, you may be entitled by law to collect for your medical bills, wage loss, disfigurement, pain and suffering and other losses.

California Dog Bite Law

While some states require previous vicious behavior by the dog, in California, a dog owner is automatically liable when his dog bites another person. However, liability does not mean the dog's owner will voluntarily pay damages. Additionally, there can be exceptions to this rule, in cases where a landlord is not liable for a tenant's dog, unless the landlord was in charge of the dog or knew of its prior propensity for violence.

Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites, and tend to suffer the worst injuries, especially bites to the face, head, hands and arms. Bites can also cause nerve damage or lead to infection. Make sure you get prompt treatment and a medical opinion about the likelihood of permanent scarring or future plastic surgery.

Although a dog bite or animal attack case may seem simple, the issues are complex and often involve questions of insurance coverage and a host of other legal concerns. We handle dog bite and animal attack cases throughout the Los Angeles area and will work to recover your rightful compensation for:

  • Treatment for bite and claw wounds
  • Injuries from a knock-down or from fleeing a dog
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Disfigurement/scarring
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages

If you or a family member has been the victim of a dog or animal attack, we will be able to answer all of your legal questions regarding California dog bite laws. Call us at (866) 976-1299 to arrange a free consultation.


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