Dog Bite Injuries

In California, every dog owner is legally responsible to obey leash laws in public areas. Further, dog owners can be responsible whenever and wherever their dog bites a person. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a dog bite, you may be entitled to receive payment for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical costs.

California is a strict liability dog bite state and enforces specific leash laws to prevent dog bites and attacks from occurring. The owner of the dog responsible for your injuries will be strictly liable for any damages that you sustain as a result of the bite.

How We Can Help

You don’t have to face this process alone! My office will help you every step of the way, including gathering necessary information and evidence, contacting the responsible party and their insurance company, speaking with witnesses, and getting you compensation that you are entitled to.

If A Dog Bite Occurs

1. Call Animal Control
Before leaving the scene of the bite or attack, call animal control so they can secure the dog and ensure it does not injure anyone else. If the incident occurs in a public area, like at an apartment or townhome community, or commercial or industrial property, inform the property manager.

2. Complete an Incident Report
Complete an incident report and obtain the dog owner’s name, address, telephone number, and their insurance company information.

3. Collect Evidence!
Take photographs of the scene and your injuries. Write down any information regarding how the incident occurred. Note the date, time, and location of the incident, as well as a description of the dog, such as size, color, and breed.

4. Witnesses?
Gather information from anyone who witnessed the incident, including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Write down any statements made to you by witnesses.

5. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Immediately after the incident, you should seek medical attention. Call an ambulance if the dog bite causes serious injuries. If an ambulance is not necessary, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care. Your injuries could be worse than they first appear, and infections may result from an untreated dog bite. It is essential that you follow your doctor’s orders.

6. Contact My Office Immediately!
I will personally assist you at any time. Contact me immediately for a free consultation. I will spend time with you to obtain information, answer all your questions, and explain your legal rights.

If you are injured in an accident, you have rights!
Personal Injury Attorney Garry S. Malin can help you!