Every year, millions of innocent people in California and across the country are bitten or attacked by dogs. Unfortunately, more than half of dog bite victims are elderly people and children, the most vulnerable members of society. California law is not very forgiving when it comes to dog bites, and with few exceptions, owners are held responsible for dog bite injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your losses. The attorneys at ALL Trial Lawyers, have more than 20 years of experience representing injured clients in Diamond Bar and throughout southern California.
Our Dog Bite Practice
Our attorneys understand that dog bite injuries can be traumatic, both physically and emotionally. We know that dog bite victims often suffer damages that go well beyond medical bills, and we will aggressively pursue maximum compensation to cover all of your losses.
We are committed to helping injured people move forward after their personal injury experience. Our attorneys have a reputation for being aggressive legal advocates for those who have been injured due to someone else’s wrongful conduct.
Our attorneys know California dog bite laws and the best legal strategies to secure the compensation that you deserve. We will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence that supports your claim, and ensure that your case is trial-ready so that we are prepared to take your claim to court if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful.
Strict Liability for Dog Bite Injuries
With exceptions for military and police dogs, in California, owners are strictly liable, or held responsible, for injuries and damages caused by their dogs if the following elements are satisfied:
The defendant is the dog owner
The dog bite occurred when you were in a public place or lawfully on private property
You were harmed
The defendant’s dog substantially caused your harm
Negligence and Dog Injuries
In most personal injury cases, injured plaintiffs must prove that the defendant’s negligence, or recklessness, caused his or her injuries. Strict liability does not require proving that the defendant dog owner was at fault for the dog bite, which makes it generally easier to prove than negligence. However, under some circumstances, dog injuries may not satisfy the necessary elements for strict liability.
For example, if you are injured when a dog knocks you over or scratches you, strict liability does not apply because the dog did not bite you. If your injuries do not qualify for strict liability, you may still have a negligence claim against the owner. Under a theory of negligence, you will need to provide evidence that the owner’s actions or inaction amounted to negligence, and as a result of that negligence, you were injured by his or her dog.
Contact Our Diamond Bar Dog Bite Attorneys
If you have been bitten or otherwise injured by someone else’s dog in California, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Your compensation may include past and ongoing medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost income, disability, pain and suffering, and other losses that you experienced.
The attorneys at ALL Trial Lawyers, represent clients in dog bite injury cases. We understand that unexpected injuries can severely impact your life, and we want to help. Contact our office for a free consultation with a member of our personal injury team. We will discuss your case and potential legal remedies.
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