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California Law on Dog Bites

dog bite victimsDogs are known as man’s best friend. Unfortunately, as sweet and loyal as most dogs may be, some have a tendency to bite and attack humans. Dog bites can cause serious physical and emotional injuries to the victim. In some serious cases, the victim can also be at risk for contracting rabies which, if left untreated, is almost invariably fatal.

Dog Owner Liability in California

Dog owners are obligated to control their animal for public safety. If anything happens, either on public or private property, the dog owner may be held responsible. California law specifically holds a dog owner absolutely responsible if his or her dog bites or attacks another person. This concept is referred to as strict liability. In other words, animal attacks and bites are the strict liability of the animal’s owner. So, if your dog bites or attacks another person, you may have to pay for the resulting injuries and all subsequent damages related to the dog bite or attack.

Proving a Dog Bite Case

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, you should immediately consult with an experienced Orange County dog bite lawyer to protect your legal rights. In order to prove your case under California law, your attorney will need to only prove:

  • That you were lawfully on the premises of where the dog attack happened
  • That the dog bites caused the injuries you sustained

If your attorney is able to prove these elements, the owner of the dog is then strictly liable for all of your resulting injuries and damages. In most cases, if the dog owner owns a home, the liability for the dog bite and attack is covered by a homeowners insurance policy.

Getting Compensation for a Dog Bite

Dog bites and attacks often go beyond just the physical injuries. Victims can easily suffer serious lifelong emotional and mental trauma. The damages in these types of cases are often extensive, including, but not limited to:

  • Medical emergency room costs
  • Hospitalization
  • Plastic surgery
  • Psychological and emotional trauma treatment
  • Loss of income and loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Contact an Experienced Orange County Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a loved has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.  The Orange County dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas advocate for our clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and aggressive lawyering. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 949-449-2703.


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Our firm is well experienced in injury matters and we understand the difficult time you are going through. We will guide you through the process and fight for you and your family to get the compensation you deserve.

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