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California Dog Bites & Attacks

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Most Common Types Of Dog Bite Cases

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At Scranton Law Firm, we’ve built our reputation as leading Dog Bite Lawyers by tirelessly advocating for victims of canine attacks. In the unsettling aftermath of a dog bite incident, it’s crucial to have knowledgeable legal representation that truly understands California’s unique dog bite laws

As seasoned dog bite attorneys, we’re proficient at analyzing the complex circumstances of each case, whether it involves landlord liability, multiple dog attacks, or negligence cases. We empathize with the physical and emotional trauma endured, which fuels our commitment to seek fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering

Our Scranton Law Firm team has successfully navigated countless cases, from minor injuries to wrongful death lawsuits. We’re adept at dealing with insurance companies, leaving no stone unturned in fighting for your rights. Our deep understanding of dog owner responsibilities and landlord obligations puts us in a unique position to advocate for your best interests.

Don’t face this challenging time alone – count on Scranton Law Firm’s experienced Dog Bite Lawyers. Let our expertise, forged by years of dedicated service, guide you towards the justice you deserve.

Do I Need A Dog Bite Lawyer?

Engaging a dog bite lawyer in California can greatly aid in navigating the legal intricacies after a dog bite incident. California operates under strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites, meaning the dog owner is generally held liable for damages, even if the dog has never been aggressive before. Understanding and leveraging these laws to secure rightful compensation can be complex.

If your injuries are severe or have resulted in significant medical bills, lost wages, or emotional distress, seeking counsel from an experienced dog bite attorney is often advised. They can help accurately assess the full extent of damages you may be entitled to, which you may undervalue without legal expertise.

Moreover, experienced attorneys are well-versed in negotiation tactics with insurance companies, who often try to minimize their payouts. In worst-case scenarios, when a dog bite results in a wrongful death, having a dog bite lawyer becomes even more essential.

Remember, your focus should be on recovery while your attorney takes on the burden of the legal proceedings. So, while it’s not mandatory to hire a dog bite lawyer in California, doing so often leads to better outcomes in personal injury claims following a dog attack.

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Some Of The Factors Considered In Dog Bite Cases

1. The Severity of the Injuries:

The extent of the injury can influence the amount of damages awarded. This includes physical injuries, the need for ongoing medical treatment, and any long-term impairments or disabilities resulting from the attack.


2. Ownership and Control of the Dog

In California, the dog’s owner is typically held responsible for a dog bite. However, if someone else had control of the dog at the time of the incident, they might also bear some liability in certain circumstances.


3. Owner Negligence:

If the owner was negligent in controlling the dog, they could be held liable for the bite. Examples of negligence include leaving a gate open, not using a leash in a leash-law area, or ignoring a situation that agitated the dog and led to the attack.


4. Dog's Previous Behavior:

While California is a strict liability state (meaning the dog’s past behavior is generally not considered in a dog bite case), there could still be additional penalties if the dog was known to be dangerous or had previously bitten



Scranton Law Firm has over 50 years experience and more than $500,000,000 recovered for our injured clients, Our team of world-class attorneys is committed to providing you with the highest quality representation and helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Don't face this challenging time alone fill out our confidential case evaluation form or call our legal team at (800) 400-8742 to schedule an appointment with a lawyer who can answer all your questions.

What Types Of Damages Are Available To California Dog Bite Victims?

In California, dog bite victims are entitled to pursue different types of damages, categorized into economic and non-economic damages.

  1. Economic Damages: These include measurable costs like medical expenses (hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, medication), lost wages due to time off work, and property damage.

  2. Non-Economic Damages: These cover intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

  3. Punitive Damages: These are less common and are awarded to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior and to deter others from similar conduct.

Remember, each case is unique, so it’s crucial to consult with an experienced California dog bite lawyer. They can help assess your case, calculate potential compensation, and guide you through the complex legal process to secure the maximum recovery you deserve.

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What Is Strict Liability In California Dog Bite Cases?

Strict liability in California’s dog bite law means that the dog owner is held legally responsible for a dog bite, irrespective of the dog’s past behavior or the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s aggressiveness. It applies even if the owner took reasonable precautions to prevent the bite or had no reason to believe the dog would act aggressively.

Essentially, if the dog bites someone, the owner is liable for damages, with limited exceptions such as when the victim was trespassing or provoking the dog. This concept differs from the “one-bite rule” in some other jurisdictions, where the owner’s liability is contingent upon their knowledge of the dog’s propensity to bite. In California, a dog bite victim doesn’t need to prove negligence or fault, only that the bite occurred.


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What If I Have Lost A Loved One In A Dog Attack?

Losing a loved one in a fatal dog attack is a devastating and traumatizing experience. In California, the surviving family members may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the dog owner. This legal course can provide compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages can include medical expenses incurred before the loved one’s death, funeral and burial costs, and lost income, including future earnings the deceased would have provided. Non-economic damages can cover the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support, and (in the case of a spouse) consortium.

The process of filing a wrongful death claim can be complex and emotionally taxing, so it’s crucial to seek the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney who is adept at handling such sensitive cases. They can guide you through this difficult time, fighting for your rights and ensuring the best possible outcome.


Scranton Law Firm Is Here To Help

As you take the crucial steps toward justice and healing after a pedestrian accident, remember that you don't have to face this battle alone. With over 50 years of experience, the Scranton Law Firm has successfully represented thousands of injured accident victims, recovering more than $500,000,000 in compensation. Our unparalleled dedication, skill, and proven track record make us the ideal partner in your pursuit of justice. We take pride in our commitment to our clients, ensuring that every case receives the personalized attention it deserves. Our compassionate approach and unwavering resolve have earned the trust and satisfaction of thousands of clients, and we are ready to help you navigate this challenging time.
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