California Dog Bite Lawyer
California dog bite lawyers at Bisnar Chase have been successfully winning dog bite cases for over 40 years. Our team of dedicated attorneys, paralegals, mediators, insurance adjusters and other law firm legal staff have won over $500 Million for our clients. We want to help make your life better, and are dedicated to making the world a safer place.
If you've been bitten or attacked by a dog, you should consult with a California dog bite lawyer to determine if you are entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and damages, and to pursue the defendant for compensation as the victim of the injury.
Dog bites go much further than broken bones or scarring. The emotional trauma of a dog bite can last a lifetime.
The 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 represent our clients and help them obtain fair and full compensation for their losses, injuries, and trauma.
Free Dog Bite Case Evaluation and Consultation
We are here to help. Our dog bite lawyers will provide you with a free case evaluation, giving victims the chance to discuss their dog bite case with a legal expert with no obligations.
When a dog attacks an individual – regardless of that person's age, physical build or mental attributes – the incident always leaves a mark. This goes beyond the physical puncture wounds and bite marks suffered by the victim.
In many canine bite cases, the incident will take a heavy emotional and physical toll on the victim. Whether that person is a 6 ft-tall man or a tiny toddler, they may go through a period of intense fear and insecurity as a result of the attack.
A dog attack can be extremely traumatic. Dog aggression can result in long lasting anxiety, in addition to the physical wounds that you would normally associate with a dog bite.
Injuries which are typically associated with a serious dog bite can include:
- Deep contusions
- Serious head and face injuries
- Long term emotional scars
California 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 Dog Attacks
Statistics show California to be one of the leading states when it comes to dog attacks, canine bite injures and fatalities.
Figures released by the United States Postal Service reveal that Los Angeles is consistently at or near the top of the charts when it comes to the cities with the most dog attacks on postal workers, while San Diego also made the top-12.
A study examining reported dog bites and criminal charges between 2005-2017 found that:
- California had the second most dog bite 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 when it came to the number of dog bite claims (527) and the payout in these types of 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.
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Strict Liability Statute in California for Dog Bites
California has what is known as a "strict liability statute" when it comes to dog 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 a dog bites someone who was committing a crime or trespassing on the owner's property.
However, there are very few exceptions to the strict liability dog bite law in California. In the majority of 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 lawyers of Bisnar Chase excel when it comes to holding irresponsible dog owners accountable and ensuring that dog bite victims are properly compensated and supported.
Injuries and Treatment in Dog Bite Cases
The severity of a dog bite injury can range from relatively minor bruising and puncture marks to life-threatening wounds and long-term damage. Even if a victim's injuries 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 which break the skin
- Grade 4: Deep piercing wounds and ripped flesh
- Grade 5: A number of different piercing bite wounds from a sustained attack
- Grade 6: Fatality
The severity of the dog 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 which result in some form of medical treatment, with a large number 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 develop a long-term fear of dogs, while some require cosmetic surgery to treat bite marks and scars.
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 Bite FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to some of the most frequent questions asked of our California dog bite lawyers 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 all costs necessary to win your dog attack case. This means that you will not have to pay a penny in out-of-pocket expenses, and we will only be paid if we win your 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.
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!
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 the injuries, damages and losses suffered by these unsuspecting victims.
Injured victims can seek compensation in dog bite cases for damages such as:
- Medical expenses - such as hospitalization and surgery costs
- Lost wages
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Dog bite attorneys 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 a wide variety of 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 between $100,000 and $300,000 in liability coverage. 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 that the three breeds it listed accounted for more than 25 percent of their dog bite claims. Farmers officials also said that these breeds caused more harm than any other breed when they attacked.
Why Should You Hire a California Dog Bite Lawyer?
In many dog bite cases in California, the victim will decide not to take legal action, or to try to file a case themselves. However, hiring a lawyer is almost always the better route to take.
The best California dog bite lawyers are highly experienced and know what it takes to win. They will be able to provide expert guidance, building the best case possible for you.
At Bisnar Chase, our dog attack attorneys are expert negotiatior who are adept at securing the maximum settlements from insurance companies. They are also experienced trial lawyers who are not afraid to take a case further if the settlement offer is not satisfactory.
Trust our dog bite attorneys to get the right result for you.
Get Immediate Legal Help
An experienced and seasoned dog bite lawyer is going to be the difference between winning and losing your case.
By working with Bisnar Chase, you get California dog bite attorneys that have more than 40 years of experience. Our team of legal representatives and staff have a 96% success rate and have won more than $500 Million for their clients.
A dog bite attorney studies these types of cases on a regular basis and understands the laws, courts and local statutes.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St., #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660