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California has a “strict liability” policy when it comes to dog bite cases (California Civil Code, section 3342). This means that dog owners are responsible for their animals if they attack another person: Under State Civil Code, the liable dog owner must pay damages for anyone who has bitten in a public or private place, even on the dog owner’s property. With a skilled Orange County dog bite attorney on your side, you may be able to recover the compensation to which you are truly entitled.

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If you or a loved one was injured by another's dog, get in touch with Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. immediately for a thorough assessment of your case. We offer the experienced representation you need to pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Dog Bite Statistics

The CDC estimates that in 2001 there were over 368,000 people treated for dog bite injuries in the United States. The most common victims of these injuries were children between the ages of 5 and 9. A significant percentage of adults who suffered dog bites that same year were working in food, mail or package delivery services.

The most common location for dog bites included on the hands or arms, but also included injuries to the leg, foot, and head or neck. Children are the most likely to experience head and neck injuries in dog attacks.

Suffering from dog attack injuries? Do not hesitate to get the legal help you need! Click here for a free case evaluation with our experts in California dog bite law.

Understanding Dog Owner Liability in Orange County

In order to make a strong legal claim for compensation, you will need to understand California’s strict liability laws. Under these California dog bite statutes, the dog owner will always owe compensation to the person who was injured by their dog—except under certain circumstances.

large dog baring its teeth at someoneThe only exceptions to the strict liability are if the victim:

  • Was trespassing
  • Provoked the dog
  • Was bitten by his employer's dog while on the job, which falls under the Labor Code
  • Performed a paid service involving the dog

(Liability for the dog's behavior begins the moment an individual becomes the owner.)

What Do You Need to Prove to Win a Dog Bite Injury Lawsuit?

Similar to other personal injury claims, in order to win a dog bite lawsuit, you must be able to prove the following are true:

  • The owner had a duty of care to prevent their animal from hurting anyone
  • The owner breached that duty by failing to take reasonable action to prevent the attack
  • The owner's negligence resulted in your injuries; they would not have occurred if they had taken reasonable care
  • Your injury led to verifiable medical bills or other expenses that you are asking to be reimbursed for

Wondering if you can sue someone for a dog bite? If you can provide proof of the above points, the answer is likely yes. To be sure, you can contact Cohn & Swartzon today for a consultation!

Pursue Compensation for Your Dog Bite Injuries Today

Dog bites can lead to infection, lacerations, nerve damage, and even disfigurement or permanent scarring, not to mention the accompanying emotional trauma. It is not uncommon for victims to experience PTSD after a dog attack. As clear as it may be that you are owed compensation for dog bite injuries, these cases can be complex. Our Orange County firm knows the ins and outs of personal injury law, and we can review your case to determine what you may be entitled to claim for your dog bite lawsuit settlement.

For example, you might be owed damages for:

  • Lost wages and employment
  • Hospital and therapy bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Home nursing care
  • Punitive damages

Our Orange County dog bite attorneys are ready to fight aggressively for you to get maximum compensation. If you or a loved one was the victim of a dog bite in Orange County, we are here to pursue justice and financial recovery on your behalf.

Contact Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. today by calling (888) 480-3883! Our Orange County personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so we don't get paid until you do!

Dog Bite FAQ

Q. Does California observe the "one bite rule"? - The overarching rule when it comes to dog bite cases is that the owner will be held strictly liable for their dog biting someone, regardless of whether or not the dog has been aggressive previously. However, the are still instances where the one bite rule may be used to prove liability, for instance if the victim of the dog bite is suing someone other than the owner of the dog. An example may include: a veterinarian was bit by a dog they were treating, but chooses to sue the clinic he works at because the clinic had previous knowledge that the dog was aggressive, but acted negligently in preventing the attack. It's important to discuss your situation with a professional dog bite lawyer in order to determine what statute your claim falls under.

Q. Can I still file a dog bite lawsuit if the owner doesn't have insurance? While you may still file a lawsuit against the owner, if they do not have insurance it is unlikely that you will be able to obtain the compensation you need. Instead, you should consult with a professional dog bite attorney to find out if there may have been other negligent parties that contributed to the incident who may also be held liable.

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