Dog Bite Accidents

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Have you ever been attacked and or bitten by a dog?

The CDC has recently disclosed the shocking statistics for annual dog bites, recording such instances at an alarming 4.5 million attacks per year. Even though the majority of the dog bites incidents transpire within immediately known family units, it is very common for dogs to attack outside individuals, external to their family units, at local parks, streets, or outside residences. Owner’s negligence is the primary reason for unprovoked dog attacks. Dog bite injuries can vary in be size and severity from small to big and light to serious. Some dog bites can result in potentially life-threatening injuries.

A few dog breeds are even prohibited by the great majority of apartment communities due to the unpredictable nature and behavior of the animal, including sudden fits of aggression and a comprehensive lack of owner's knowledge about the breed’s behavioral disposition in general. 

Even in cases where dog wounds may appear small and negligible, they are subject to the greatest likelihood of infection. Severe infection may lead to life-threatening circumstances requiring expensive medical treatment. The CDC states that 1 out of 5 dog bites on average result in infection. The dog may also cause deep puncture wounds, severely torn tissue and ragged edges to an individual’s face, arms and other areas of the body, which may, in turn, increase the duration and severity of pain and suffering incurred. 

Depending on the individual case circumstances we will help you receive compensation for your medical bills, plastic surgery for scar reduction, compensation for pain (both physical and emotional) and suffering, as well reimbursement for rehabilitation and counseling costs as result of the dog bite trauma. 

In response to dog bite accidents, immediate legal action is a necessary step. Amerberg Law group specializes in dog bite accidents and has over 20 years of experience in this area of practice. No matter the severity of your injury, it is imperative that you consult our attorney. We will help you receive the appropriate compensation and help you physically recover from your trauma by referring you to the best doctors we work closely with. The potential value of your legal case will be advised to you by our outstanding professional team and robust legal representation will be provided to you on all the stages of the process. We can efficiently handle this case for you and negotiate the most beneficial coverage with the dog owner’s insurance company.

How much compensation are you eligible to receive from suing for a dog bite in California?

Does California law render dog bite victims eligible for punitive damages?

In California, what are the options for a dog bite lawyer to provide assistance to an injured party?

A dog bite attorney is able to provide several avenues of assistance to a dog bite victim including:

  • Pinpointing the owner or the party responsible for dog ownerhsip
  • Conducting a thorough investigation of the circumstances and condition surrounding the nature of the injury
  • Declare a demand for compensation
  • Proceed with filing a civil lawsuit if this compensation demand is unmet

California state legislation is favorable and conducive to the protection of dog bite victims, rendering dog owners liable for injuries resulting from their dogs

California’s civil dog bite statute falls under Civil Code section 3342 which finds the dog owner liable for injuries to other parties as long as the following stipulations are met:

  • The person who was injured by the dog did not in any way provoke or aggravate the dog
  • The person sought medical care right away
  • The person was bitten while residing on private property, and not trespassing in any form
    • California legislation typically does not allow for trespassers to recover damages from dog bite attacks

Following a dog bite incident, injured parties are recommended to proceed with the following course of action:

  • Seek urgent medical attention.
  • Photograph the location and nature of their injuries; keeping photographic evidence of the dog bite attack will later serve as compelling evidence in the case.
  • Retrieve the relevant name, address, and contact info of the dog’s owner or responsible party in addition collecting eyewitness contact information.
  • Document thought written record all aspects of the incident to serve as proof; memories are unreliable and may diminish with time.

Dog bite victims who are unable to retrieve the owner’s information should contact the local Animal Control service with a detailed description of the dog.

What are the legal consequences if I am attacked but not necessarily bitten by a dog?

In California, what parties are ineligible to sue with respect to dog bite incidents?

What happens if I am unable to cover the doctor’s expenses resulting from a dog bite?

Does California adhere to a "one-bite" regulation?

In order pursue a lawsuit, am I required to file a police report?

Is the dog that attacked me subject to a period of quarantine?

Is a dog subject to being put down or euthanized if it has bitten someone?

In California, does homeowner’s insurance coverage offer protection for dog bites?

In California, what is the duration of eligibility I have to pursue a dog bite lawsuit?

Am I eligible to sue if another owner’s dog attacks or bites my dog?

Am I able to pursue criminal charges with respect to dog bite incidents?

In California, what are the common defenses to dog bite lawsuits?

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