Bay Area Dog Bite Attorney
Representing Victims throughout California
In the state of California, every dog owner is strictly liable for any injury sustained by a victim who was attacked by the owner's dog. The idea behind this law is to place complete responsibility on the owner of the pet, essentially holding the owner of the dog liable because he or she has presumably been negligent in preventing the accident or allowing the incident to occur.
According to California Civil Code 3342:
- An owner of any dog is liable for damages suffered by any person bitten by the dog in a public place or lawfully private place, including the property of the owner of the dog
- The owner of the dog will have to take reasonable steps to remove any danger presented to other potential victims from bites or attacks from the animal
Regardless of the former viciousness or non-viciousness of the dog, the dog owner will be completely liable for any person's damages. If the dog attacks another human being on at least two separate occasions, the owner may be required by the court to prevent any recurrence, including removing or putting down the animal.
Injuries Caused by Dog Attacks
Being the victim of a dog attack can be excruciating. Often, vicious attacks involve young children and elderly citizens who have been mauled by dangerous dogs. The last thing you ever expect is to be attacked by "man's best friend," but when it happens, the resulting damages could be life threatening and traumatizing.
Common types of injuries after a dog attack may include:
- Children's injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Lesions, cuts, and scrapes
- Soft tissue damage
- Facial and cosmetic disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Physical, emotional, and psychological scarring
Call Mitchell & Danoff Law Firm to Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer in the Bay Area!
If you, your child, or your loved one has been the victim of a dog attack anywhere in the Bay Area, know that you do not have to face this legal battle alone. You may think that your case is helpless, but when you retain our representation, we can pursue legal action against any negligent dog owner who failed to act within reason.
At Mitchell & Danoff Law Firm, our Bay Area personal injury lawyer handles every case with personal attention and unwavering dedication to your best interests. We never give up on our clients and have established a track record of success over the past 30 years.
If you've been injured in an accident through another's wrongful actions, you are entitled to compensation. Don't wait any longer; contact our firm immediately to see how we can help you.
Should I hire a lawyer for my personal injury case?There are several reasons for hiring a lawyer to represent you in your personal injury claim, rather than representing yourself. 1.) It allows you to focus on your own recovery, rather than the complicated details of your case. 2.) By hiring a skilled personal injury attorney to research your case and represent you in court, your chances of success improve drastically.
How long will my personal injury case take to resolve?
This number can vary from one case to another, depending on the details of your situation. A lawsuit can take anywhere from several months to several years to settle.
What is the average settlement amount for a personal injury claim?
The average compensation amount for a personal injury case is anywhere from $3,000 to $75,000, depending on what type of damages you are pursuing.
Does California put damage caps on claims for personal injury cases?
No, only Medical Malpractices cases have a cap. California Civil Code section 3333.2 sets a cap on the amount of non-economic damages (pain and suffering) that can be recovered in a medical malpractice case. The maximum amount that may be recovered is $250,000. All other Personal Injury cases are not subject to any cap.