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Holding Negligent Dog Owners Responsible

Being attacked by a dog is a frightening experience that may cause devastating injury and lasting emotional trauma. The Newport Beach dog bite lawyers at Manning Law, APC use knowledge and experience gained over years of legal practice to help our clients recover compensation for their injuries.

Why trust Manning Law, APC with your dog bite case?

  • We have recovered millions in compensation for our injured clients
  • We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience
  • Personalized, one-on-one attention for every case
  • You don't pay unless we win

Complete an online form or call us today at (800) 783-5006 to learn about your rights.

Dog Bites & California Law

California is a strict liability state, which means owners are not able to claim they did not know the dog would be aggressive or bite someone. Regardless of whether the dog has bitten many times or never, the dog’s owner is responsible for damages that result from the dog biting another person. In order to prove liability, you only need to show that the bite occurred in a public place or when you were lawfully on private property.

There are certain exceptions to the dog bite statute. For example, injured persons who were unlawfully trespassing on private property at the time they were attacked may not be able to collect damages. Likewise, people who suffer dog bite injuries while a dog is carrying out military or police work are not eligible compensation.

California's strict liability statute doesn't protect individuals who are injured by dogs that didn't bite them, such as from jumping or scratching. With that being said, victims may still be able to secure compensation if it can be proven that the dog owner's negligence led to their injuries, such as by failing to keep the dog on a leash or in a fenced-in yard.

California's Laws on Dangerous Dogs

California's strict liability statute applies regardless of an animal's history of aggression. However, California has special laws concerning dogs that have previously bitten or dogs who are declared potentially dangerous or vicious.

A dog is considered potentially dangerous in California if:

  • It has forced people to defend themselves from aggressive behavior at least twice during the past three years,
  • It has bitten someone without provocation, causing non-severe injuries, or
  • It has killed or injured a domestic animal at least twice in the last three years

A dog is considered vicious if:

  • It has seriously injured or killed someone without provocation, or
  • A court has determined the dog to be potentially dangerous and either the dog repeated the dangerous behavior or the owner failed to meet legal conditions

Owners of dangerous dogs may be ordered to take steps to prevent future attacks, such as by removing it from the area or having it put down. Additionally, dog owners may sometimes face criminal liability if their unrestrained animals injure or kill someone with knowledge of their aggressive tendencies.

Recovering Damages for Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can cause serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries, and California has more dog bites than any other state. Victims of dog bites can seek compensation for expenses related to the incident, such as the cost of medical care, lost wages due to the injury, pain and suffering, and other damages. In the event that a dog attack leads to a person's death, the victim's surviving family members may be able to recover additional compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. The specific damages depend on the age of the victim and the severity of the injury.

Dog bites can cause serious injuries, including:

  • Puncture injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Facial injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Muscle sprains
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Severe trauma and emotional distress

California Dog Bite Statute of Limitations

Every state has a statute of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits. In California, the victims of dog bite injuries have two years to file a case or you may lose your right to recover damages. Our Newport Beach dog bite attorneys recommend contacting us much sooner to allow plenty of time to investigate your claim, gather and preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and prepare your case.

Get Help From a Newport Beach Dog Bite Lawyer

Securing the compensation your recovery requires begins with getting in touch with a skilled Newport Beach dog bite attorney. We understand what you are going through and are prepared to relentlessly fight in pursuit of justice on your behalf.

If you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite in California, call (800) 783-5006 to get the advice you need in a free consultation.

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