Protecting The Rights Of Dog Bite And Attack Victims In California

When most people hear about dog bite injuries, the first thing to come to mind is a little nip on the hand. In reality, many dog bites are much more severe than that. It is not unusual for victims to suffer severe injuries that result in significant lacerations, muscle and nerve damage, and permanent scarring. In many cases, the emotional injuries connected to the trauma of the attack are the most serious.

Unless the victim was trespassing on the owner's property or the animal was provoked, owners are held strictly liable under California law when their dogs cause serious personal injuries. If you have been bitten by a dog, you should have your case reviewed by a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Rosenthal & Kreeger LLP, we represent dog bite victims throughout the Sacramento area.

The 'One Free Bite' Rule And Other Myths

California has done away with its so-called "one free bite" rule, so owners are held liable even if their dogs have never shown any aggressive behavior previously. It is also not true that, if no bite took place, the victim has no claim. It may be possible to pursue damages if you were injured while trying to avoid an attack. The dog does not have to be aggressive in order for an injury victim to have a claim. If the victim is knocked down, even if the dog was being gregarious, he or she has the right to seek compensation for any injuries that occur.

When Dogs Attack Children

Children may be at the greatest risk of being attacked by a dog. They have no natural fear of dogs and trust that no harm will come to them by approaching one. When a child is attacked, the injuries tend to be much more severe. This is especially true of the emotional aspect. Some children never overcome their fear of dogs after experiencing an attack.

Learn More About Your Options ~ Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer

When you choose our firm, we will seek full compensation for all of your injuries, including care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other similar conditions. We invite you to contact one of our offices in Roseville or Sacramento to discuss your case. You can reach us by phone at 916-677-4979 or contact us via email to schedule a free initial consultation.