Dog Bites


Whether you were bitten by a dog or knocked over by one, you should speak with an attorney about your right to compensation for your injuries. The majority of dog bite injuries can result in permanent disfigurement. It is crucial to seek the proper medical care to ensure you are healed to the best of your abilities.

California Law

In California, a dog owner/ insurance company is liable to pay full compensation to a dog bite victim. It is no defense that the dog had never shown prior viciousness or that the dog was on a leash.

  • The dog owner owned the dog in question,
  • You were in a public place or lawfully on private property at the time, and
  • You had significant injuries as a result.
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The homeowner’s or renter’s insurance company will pay your claim. If you know the dog’s owner and worry that he/she will have to pay, they won’t. It will all come from the insurance company.

Will an Injury Claim Damage Your Relationship With Your Friend or Relative?

75% of the time, the dog owner is the victim’s family member, neighbor, or friend. You may be reluctant to sue your relative (neighbor, friend), even if you suffered serious injury in a dog attack. The compensation we seek will come from the insurance company. Hence, the claim will be handled between the insurance company and your lawyer and there’s no reason why the incident should harm your relationship. In fact, if that person truly cares about you, he/she should be happy to see you receiving compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered.

Financial and Medical Recovery

The dog attack can result in more than physical harm; it can also continue to hurt you psychologically long after the event. That is why we believe it is essential that you are fully compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial toll the attack will have on you. That should be a greater consideration than any fear of your friendship with the dog’s owner being hurt.

We always recommend that you get evaluated by a plastic surgeon if the dog bite left you with a permanent scar. We can refer you for cosmetic surgery, which can be handled on a lien basis so you pay nothing up front if need be.

Types of monetary compensation available in a slip and fall include:
  • Medical Expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Punitive Damages
  • Lost Wages
  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Consortium: Your spouse is compensated for the loss of your moral support, help around the house and physical intimacy.

The effects of a dog attack can linger throughout your life, so it’s critical that you enlist the services of an expert dog-bite attorney. You’ll find that caliber of lawyer at Avaness Law.

Phone: (818) 724-7222

Fax: 818-405-8038

Working hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

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