Dog Bites & Animal Attacks Attorney in Fresno, California

Being attacked by an animal can be a terrifying experience. When you are badly hurt or bitten by a dog, you may have a claim against the dog's owner. Even if your claim is denied by the insurance provider, you can still challenge their decision and explore your other legal options.

At the Winter Law Group, we provide comprehensive legal services to personal injury victims. Our team can protect your rights and help you recover damages for your dog bite injuries, lost wages, and pain & suffering.

Call us today for a free case review, and to discuss your options with our team. We proudly serve clients in Fresno, California, and neighboring communities of Clovis, Visalia, Madera, Madera County, Merced, and Merced County.

California Dog Bite Laws

Dog bite laws vary from state to state. However, California is among the states with "strict liability" dog bite laws. California's dog bite statute (Cal. Civil Code § 3342.) states that the owner of any dog is responsible for damages or injuries if:

  • The damages or injuries were caused by a dog bite.
  • The injured person didn't provoke the dog,
  • The injured person was in a public place or lawfully in a private place.

Unlike some other states, California holds the pet owner strictly liable for dog bites. This means the dog's owner or handler will have to compensate the injured person for any injuries or damages resulting from the dog bite. Likewise, the owner may be held legally and financially responsible for other types of attacks. For instance, take a situation where your child is playing on the walkway when a dog jumps on the child, accidentally causing damage or scratching the child's eye. Though California dog bite law doesn’t apply, common negligence on the part of the owner may apply. It is a different standard, but liability may still accrue to the dog’s owner.

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Related Claims for Other Animal Attacks

What's more, the same "strict liability" rules apply when it comes to other animal bites. People bitten by cats or other animals in California without provocation can sue the owner for damages. However, in addition to compensating the injured person, the pet owner may also be facing criminal charges if the person is killed or suffers severe bodily injuries (Penal Code 399 PC).

FAQs about Dog Bite Claims

Who is responsible for a dog bite in California?

The dog's owner or handler is responsible for injuries and damages suffered from a dog bite in California.

Can I sue the dog's owner?

Yes. Under California's dog bite statute, you are entitled to file a lawsuit against the dog's owner or handler if you are bitten by a dog.

What can I claim compensation for?

Any individual who has been bitten by a dog in California is within their rights to pursue compensation for their injuries. They can claim damages for any of the following;

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical treatment
  • Lost income
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of the use of a limb
  • Scarring
  • Pain & suffering

Also, family members of someone who was killed by a dog bite can file wrongful death claims.

How much compensation can I recover?

In 2016, California had the largest number of dog bite claims in the United States at 1,934. During this period, about $76 million was paid out as compensation to victims. However, the amount you can recover in claims depends on a number of factors. These include;

  • How the dog bite occurred
  • Where the dog bite happened
  • The severity of your resulting injuries
  • The magnitude of the property damage caused by the dog bite
  • Whether the dog's owner or handler was negligent
  • The strength of the evidence you use to link your injuries to the dog bite

If you've been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal, retain an experienced California dog bite attorney immediately to protect your rights and help you pursue your rightful compensation.

How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Dog bite victims in Fresno, California may be eligible for fair financial compensation for their injuries, damages, lost income, physical therapy, pain, and suffering. Our knowledgeable personal injury team at the Winter Law Group can help you;

  • Gather detailed evidence and documentation required to build a strong case, such as medical records, police reports, witness statements, and more
  • Determine your case value
  • Establish fault and liability
  • Manage all your communications while you focus more on your recovery
  • Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer

Also, if you need to file a lawsuit, we will offer you aggressive representation in your personal injury or premises liability lawsuit and attempt to help you recover fair financial compensation for your injuries.

Dog Bites & Animal Attacks Attorneys Serving Fresno, California

If you or your child were bitten by a dog or dangerous animal, you may have a claim against the dog's owner. Call Winter Law Group today for a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney. We will fight zealously to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your dog bite injuries. We proudly represent victims throughout Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Madera, Madera County, Merced, and Merced County, California.