Dog Owners Are Responsible When Their Animals Bite
California law is clear about dog bites. Pet owners are presumed to be liable for any injuries caused by their pets, even when an otherwise “friendly” dog snaps or lunges one day.
While the law is on your side, you still may need legal help to convince the dog owner to take responsibility. The Chivinski Law Firm, APC, represents adults and children in dog bite cases in San Diego and Southern California.
Strict Liability And California Dog Bite Law
California is a strict liability state. This means that you do not have to prove the dog was vicious or that the owner was negligent. If the dog caused you injury by biting, chasing or knocking you down, the owner is .
We have handled many dog bite cases, including savage attacks that left our clients physically and psychologically scarred. We work with clients and medical specialists to make sure damages cover all of the aftermath, including:
- Treatment of bite and claw wounds
- Nerve damage or infections
- Reconstructive surgery
- Permanent scars or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma requiring psychiatric treatment
Making Pet Owners Pay
It’s quite common for dog bite victims to be familiar with the dog. If the animal belongs to a neighbor, friend or relative, remember that your personal injury claim is typically covered by their homeowners insurance policy. You aren’t accusing them of being a bad owner or harboring a dangerous dog. It’s chiefly an insurance matter, and we can handle all the details on your behalf.
Occasionally, the pet owner will deny their dog attacked anyone, or argue that their dog was provoked or the victim was trespassing. Andrew Chivinski is a proven trial lawyer who is prepared to go to court if necessary to establish liability and hold that dog owner responsible for your losses.
Dogged Pursuit Of Your Compensation
Pardon the pun, but we truly are committed to maximizing your recovery, even it if means going to court. For experienced and compassionate representation, call our San Diego office at 619-413-0775 or reach us by email to set up a free consultation.