If you were bitten by a dog, likely it did not happen because you ignored a “Beware of Dog” sign. Usually, dog bites are unexpected and occur while visiting someone in their house or walking through their yard, or in public places when dogs are not supervised.
Our lawyers will take care of your individual case, investigating carefully all the circumstances, and negotiating the settlement, performing litigation, or filing a lawsuite, you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Well-versed in California dog bite laws
Gallagher Krich, APC lawyers will explain you the legal rights you have, but here is a summary of what you need to know about California dog bite laws:
California Civil Code 3342 considers the dog owners strictly liable for any injuries their dog causes, no matter what the situation is. It is irrelevant if the owner was or was not negligent in his/her actions – they are still responsible for the injuries caused by their dogs. There are only a few exceptions to this rule:
- The victim was trespassing the property of the dog’s owner
- The victim provoked the dog
- The dog, owned by military or law enforcement, bit the victim while performing its duty
Always consult with a lawyer on your legal rights, because the dog bite law refers specifically to bites. However, to pursue other types of injuries caused by dogs, you need a personal injury attorney to investigate and represent your case.
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To learn more about how we can assist you in navigating the personal injury process, call Gallagher Krich, APC, at (858) 926-5797. We offer free initial consultations as well as evening and weekend meetings by appointment.
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Working thoroughly on your case
Once we start investigating your case, it is important to collect immediately several important pieces of information about the attack:
- Details about how the attack happened, to fully understand: if you were in a public space or on private property and if you had the right to be there; if you by any chance provoked the dog; what was the dog’s owner doing during the attack and what his/her reactions were
- Find out contact information for the animal’s owner
- Take photos of the injuries or any clothing that was damaged during the attack
- Document all the medical treatments you receive, and all the symptoms you might experience after the attack
- Investigate if the animal was up-to-date on shots
- Obtain official verification that the dog was vaccinated for rabies
All this information will help us in building your case and hold the dog’s owner accountable for the injuries you suffered and their consequences.
Usually, after a dog attack, you will get a call from the owner or from the insurance company representing the owner.
Most of the owners will not have dog insurance. However, they might have home insurance, which usually covers dog bites as well. In case they have no home insurance or this does not cover dog bites, then we will have to sue the dog owner directly. If it is necessary, our law firm has all the resources for taking your case to court.
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