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California Dog Bite Lawyer

California dog bite lawyers

California dog bite lawyers at Bisnar Chase have won dog attack cases for over 44 years. Our team of dedicated attorneys, paralegals, and pre-litigation experts has won more than $750 million for our clients. We want to help make your life better and are dedicated to making the world safer.

We’ve all heard horror stories: a dog suddenly turns on its owner and attacks. Here’s what you need to know about dog bites and why they happen.

Dogs are animals that have a lot of human contact and because of this, they can become dangerous if not properly trained. As the owner, you are responsible for teaching your dog how to behave in various situations and properly socialize them.

Suppose you have been bitten or attacked by a dog. In that case, you should consult with a personal injury attorney specializing in animal attacks to determine if you are entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and damages and to pursue the at-fault animal owner for compensation as the victim of the injury.

Dog bites can go so much further than broken bones or scarring. The emotional trauma of a dog attack can last a lifetime. The personal injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase have handled many canine attack cases with an outstanding success rate. We have the knowledge and experience it takes to provide superior representation for our clients.

With a 99% success rate, our team is the right choice for your case. We will fight to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your losses, injuries, and trauma.

To speak with a top-rated California dog attack lawyer about your legal rights and to discuss pursuing a dog bite injury lawsuit, please contact us at (800) 561-4887.

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Physical & Emotional Toll on Dog Bite Victims

physical and emotional toll of canine attacks

Did you know that at least one person in the US is sent to a hospital every hour due to an animal attack?

These facts and numbers are alarming enough, considering what we know about animal bites. But did you know that 800 children are bitten each day by a family pet?

Industry experts have found that nearly 75% of animal bite fatalities are children under the age of 10. And by adulthood, more than one-third of all adults in the US have been bitten by a dog.

When a dog attacks an individual – regardless of age, physical build, or mental attributes – the incident always leaves a mark. This goes beyond the physical puncture wounds and bite injuries suffered by the victim.

In many canine bite cases, the incident will take a heavy emotional and physical toll on the dog attack victim. Whether that person is a six ft-tall man or a tiny toddler, they may go through a period of intense fear and insecurity due to the attack.

A dog attack can be extremely traumatic. Dog aggression can result in long-lasting anxiety and the physical wounds you normally associate with dog bites.

Injuries that are typically associated with a serious dog bite can include the following:

  • Deep contusions
  • Fractures
  • Serious infection
  • Amputations
  • Serious head and face injuries
  • Long-term emotional scars

Dog bite bacteria dangers

Bacteria are the most common cause of dog bite wounds. Dog bites can cause many infections, such as cellulitis, and tend to leave a sore or bruise on the skin. Bacteria that can cause dog bites to include:

  • Enterobacteriaceae bacteria (often found in fecal matter)
  • Streptococcus bacteria (often found in the mouth)
  • Staphylococcus bacteria (often found on the skin)

A dog bite infection is a serious condition that requires immediate treatment. The ideal weapon against these bacteria is cleanliness, especially regarding your hands and feet. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed, wash your hands after playing with your pet, and avoid walking barefoot in areas where there is feces or mud.

If you get a dog bite wound, keep it clean and protected from further contamination by applying lotion or antiseptic creams as needed. If the infection persists, seek immediate medical attention.

Dog Bite Fatalities By Breed

There are many breeds of dogs, each with its own unique characteristics. While this can make choosing a new pet exciting, it can also be confusing regarding dog bites and fatality potential that can put a pet owner at financial risk.

Because of this, it is important to understand the different types of dog breeds and learn how they are likely to act based on breed history.

 Large dogs may not be more aggressive than small dogs, but the damage they can do is far worse.  For example, any body part exposed increases the risk of getting more damage if bit by a large dog.  This includes the neck, face, head, and hands. When dogs bite people in these areas, serious damage can result, even death. 

Based on current statistics, pit bulls lead the pack in fatal dog attacks. Rottweilers and German Shepards come in #2 & 3.

California once again leads the nation in dog attacks in the US.

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Nationwide dog bite fatalities chart

If a Dog Bites You, Do These 7 Things Now

A dog attack can be dangerous and even life-threatening. For this reason, it is important to know what to do in the event of one.

The best way to avoid a dog attack is to not provoke the animal in any way. This includes feeding or petting it. If a dog corners you, don’t run away – stand still and try not to make eye contact with the animal.

If the animal continues with its attack, try to protect your neck, abdomen and head. Keep your body as tight as possible, and try not to further excite the dog. This can be almost impossible when you are attacked, but it could save your life. Think of it as a bear attack.

If you are attacked by a dog:

You play with a dog, and something happens between a growl and a tail wag. They may bite and even scratch. Alternatively, it is possible to walk down a street when an unknown pet attacks without warning leaving you with injuries.

  1. Immediately make sure the dog is secured.
  2. Contact the police and seek medical help.
  3. Take photographs and videos of the area and the dog if possible. Take footage of your injuries while they’re fresh to ensure evidence is preserved.
  4. Locate the owner of the dog and get their contact information and the pet’s vaccination history.
  5. If you are not too injured, write down how the attack happened while it’s fresh in your mind.
  6. Report the attack to your local animal control.
  7. Contact a law firm specializing in dog bites.

Top-Rated Dog Bite Attorney John Bisnar discusses the steps you should take after being bitten by a dog, including taking pictures of your injuries right away.

California Leads the Nation in Canine Attacks

In the United States, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites per year according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

 Statistics show California to be one of the leading states regarding dog attacks, canine bite injuries, and fatalities.

Figures released by the United States Postal Service revealed that Los Angeles is consistently at or near the top of the charts regarding the cities with the most canine attacks on postal workers, while San Diego also made the top 12.

A study examining reported dog bites and criminal charges found that:

  • California had the second most dog attack fatalities
  • There were 45 deaths in California over the study period
  • About 4.5 million people are injured by dogs every year across the U.S.

According to a report released by State Farm insurance company, California also led the pack regarding the number of dog bite claims (527) and the payout in these cases ($20.3 million). Experts say the state’s high population and the year-round pleasant weather in Southern California could account for the prevalence of dog attacks here.

View our Dog Bite Attack Statistics in the U.S (Infographic). Download or share our dangerous breeds dog bite infographic to educate others on the dangers of approaching a dangerous dog.

Strict Liability Statute in California for Dog Bites

California has what is known as a “strict liability statute” when it comes to canine attacks. This means that dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets, even if they have shown no previous signs of aggression or violence.

The only exceptions may be when the dog attack was provoked by cruelty toward the animal or when someone commits a crime and trespassing on the owner’s property and isn’t there lawfully and with permission. 

However, there are very few exceptions to California’s strict liability dog bite law. In most cases, dog owners can be held financially liable in addition to receiving citations or facing other penalties associated with an attack.

California’s Civil Code Section 3342 states: “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

There have also been several recent cases in California where courts have upheld personal injury claims against landlords who have allowed a tenant to have a dangerous dog on their premises.

The California dog bite attorneys of Bisnar Chase excel in holding irresponsible dog owners accountable and ensuring that dog attack victims are adequately compensated and supported.

Injuries and Treatment in Dog Bite Cases

Medical treatment for dog bite injuries

The victim of a canine attack is often left with scars and a fear of dogs. They may also experience long-term physical or emotional problems.

Dog bites happen when people are unaware of the dog’s behavior or cannot control their own behavior. It can happen if the dog is not properly trained, if the person has an allergy to dogs, or if the person is drunk or on drugs.

The severity of dog bites can range from minor bruising and puncture marks to life-threatening wounds and long-term damage. Even if a dog bite victim has injuries that are not severe, it does not mean that they cannot file a dog bite lawsuit. Any attack can result in a financial burden and lasting psychological scars.

Dog bite injuries can be divided into different grades of severity:

  • Grade 1: Scratches and bruising
  • Grade 2: Bite marks but no punctures
  • Grade 3: Puncture wounds that break the skin
  • Grade 4: Deep piercing wounds and ripped flesh & possible nerve damage
  • Grade 5: Many different piercing bite wounds from a sustained attack
  • Grade 6: Fatality

Treating a Canine Attack

A dog bite can be a traumatic event for the victim. If you are bitten, it is important to know how to treat the wound and minimize the risk of infection.

The following steps should be taken if bitten by a dog:

  • – Clean and wash the wound with soap and water
  • – Apply pressure to stop bleeding
  • – Seek medical attention if you have any of these symptoms: fever, chills, or increased pain in the injured area

The severity of the bite wounds will dictate the kind of medical treatment a victim will require. Every year there are about 900,000 dog bite injuries in the United States, resulting in some form of medical treatment, with many also requiring hospital care.

Often, victims or their families spend thousands of dollars on therapy so that their lives can return to normalcy. Most victims fear dogs long-term, while some require cosmetic surgery to treat bite marks and scars.

Some patients pay out of pocket for these procedures and psychological therapy sessions to combat issues such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This is where a California dog bite attorney can help. By filing a dog bite lawsuit, you may be able to recover expenses and compensation relating to your treatment.

California Dog Attack FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to some of the most frequent questions asked of a California dog bite attorney below. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact Bisnar Chase.

Personal injury lawsuits have a two-year statute of limitations in California. This means that you have two years from the date you were bitten by the dog to file your claim. A lawyer at Bisnar Chase can help you submit a strong case in a timely manner.

If your injuries require immediate medical attention, that should be your first step. You should also collect the name, address, and contact details of the dog owner if possible, as well securing contact details for any witnesses. If you cannot identify the dog owner, contact animal control and provide a full description of the animal. Record your location, take pictures of your injuries, and contact a California dog bite lawyer at Bisnar Chase.

Bisnar Chase is proud to make a ‘No Win, No Fee’ promise. Our law firm advances the costs necessary to win your dog attack case. Contact Bisnar Chase to learn more.

The length of a case will depend on a range of factors, such as the severity of your injuries. Your dog bite attorney will need to know the extent of damage, as well as your rehabilitation progress, in order to secure the maximum compensation possible for you. The length of the lawsuit will also depend on whether an out-of-court compensatory settlement can be agreed upon.

If you have been injured, you deserve to be compensated. No victim should be left counting the costs of medical care and other related expenses. To find out if it is worth filing a lawsuit in your case, contact Bisnar Chase. We offer a free consultation with no obligations, providing expert legal guidance. There is nothing to lose by exploring your options!

Service dogs provide a necessary support system to people with disabilities. Many people use service dogs to handle the day to day of their lives. But, there is risk that you will be bitten by a service dog or emotional support dog because they are extra protective of their owners. 

While a service dog requires training and registration, an emotional support dog does not and therefore the risk of being bitten is higher. 

If you’ve been bitten by a service dog or emotional support canine, contact us for a free case evaluation. 

Yes. California dog bite laws require that an animal be quarantined for 10 days after a dog bite is reported to the authorities. If the dog is deemed dangerous, it may be put down.

Unfortunately a dog is considered property so most dog on dog attacks are not personal injury cases. You may be able to work out a financial deal with the owner of the dog that bit your dog to help pay for medical bills.

California Dog Bite Compensation

It is unfair that victims pay such a high physical and financial price for a dog attack when the incident was not even their fault. Dog owners should be held financially responsible for these unsuspecting victims’ injuries, damages, and losses.

Injured victims can seek compensation in animal attack cases for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses – such as hospitalization and surgery costs
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Dog bite lawyers are very familiar with the laws in California regarding unwarranted dog attacks and will be able to fight for you against the dog owner. We have handled various dog attacks, including Pitbulls, Rottweilers, and even Labrador Retrievers.

Dog Attacks and Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners’ insurance policies usually cover dog attacks. Most of these policies provide liability coverage between $100,000 and $300,000. However, if the dog owner is a renter or lacks insurance, the victim can try to hold the property owner liable for allowing a dangerous dog to live on the premises.

In a recent development, Farmers Group notified its policyholders that it would no longer cover bites by pit bulls, Rottweilers, and wolf hybrids under homeowners’ insurance policies.

Despite sharp criticism from pit bull advocates, insurers say bites from pit bulls and other breeds have risen significantly in recent years, along with the cost of settling those damage claims.

Farmers said the three breeds it listed accounted for more than 25 percent of their dog bite claim filings. Farmers’ officials also said these breeds caused more harm than any other breed when attacked.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer in California

A dog bite lawyer is experienced in defending people whose dogs have attacked others and caused considerable damage or death. Attorneys specializing in dog attacks can help victims get the compensation they deserve.

There are many different types of cases that can be brought against a dog owner. Dog bite cases generally involve damage to property, injuries, or death. Dog owners may face charges for negligent control of their animal, as well as for violations of leash laws that are in place in the area where the attack occurred.

Some states also have laws against exposing an animal to danger, so additional charges may be filed against the owner if the animal was not properly cared for or restrained before the incident occurred.

An experienced dog bite law firm can advise you about all legal options available and explain your possible outcome based on the circumstances at each stage of your case.

An experienced and seasoned lawyer will differentiate between winning and losing your case. By working with Bisnar Chase, you get injury lawyers with more than 44 years of experience. Our legal representatives and staff team have a 99% success rate and have won more than $750 million for their clients. Lawyers specializing in dog bites routinely study these cases and understand the laws, courts, and local statutes.

Some of Our Dog Attack Case Results

Award AmountType of Case
$3,000,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$2,100,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$1,400,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$1,000,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$875,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$500,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$300,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$125,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability
$100,000.00Dog Bite / Premises Liability

If you have been injured or experienced a traumatic canine attack, contact the California dog bite attorneys of Bisnar Chase now. Call (800) 561-4887, or click to contact us by email to arrange a free, no-hassle, confidential, and no-obligation dog attack consultation.

Case Results

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    Consumer Class Action

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    Auto Defect – Seat Manufacturers, Johnson Controls

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    Defective Seatback

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    Bicycle Accident

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