Under California law, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries that their pets inflict. Any bite or injury is compensable, regardless of where it occurred or the dog's history. But many people encounter roadblocks with the pet owner or the insurance company when trying to handle these claims on their own.
Let the experienced team at Guenard & Bozarth be your advocates. Our personal injury lawyers handle numerous cases of dog bites and attacks each year. We have the knowledge and experience to overcome obstacles and obtain full value for your claim.
Attacked by a dog in Sacramento? Learn your rights at 916-226-9098.
California's Dog Bite Law
Strict liability means no excuses. If a dog attacked, the owner is on the hook for your injuries and losses. This is true whether the incident happened on or off the owner's property. It doesn't matter if the dog was on a leash. It doesn't have to be a dangerous breed. You are entitled to compensation even if the dog never bit or chased anyone before. The only defenses are trespassing or provocation, neither of which apply if the victim is a young child.
We represent only plaintiffs in dog bite cases (not owners). Our attorneys will pursue all components of damages that apply:
- Bite/claw wounds and infections
- Damage to nerves and muscles
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reconstructive surgery
- Injuries from getting knocked down by a friendly dog
- Injuries from fleeing a vicious dog
- Injuries due to farm animals and livestock
- Lost wages or lost earning capacity
A trash hauler was attacked by four Rottweilers. Fearing for his life, he punched one of the dogs so hard that he required a nerve transplant. We filed suit and collected $800,000 for that client.
|Compensation For The Psychological Scars|
The emotional trauma of a dog attack can last a lifetime. Beyond the bite wounds, victims may be entitled to damages for post-traumatic suffering.
Who Pays For Your Losses?
Homeowners are usually covered for dog bites under their home insurance. It can be uncomfortable to bring a claim against a neighbor or relative, but it is handled as an insurance matter and not a negligence lawsuit against the individual. Renters often are not insured, in which case the best hope may be proving that the landlord knowingly harbored a dangerous dog.
We have seen serious injuries in animal attacks, from facial scars to broken hips. We pursue all sources of liability coverage to make sure you are fairly compensated. Please call us at 916-226-9098 for a free consultation with our dog bite injury attorneys or contact us online to describe your situation. We have offices in Elk Grove and Sacramento.