If you or your child were attacked by a dog, do not hesitate to call our Santa Monica dog bite lawyers right away. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand the deep connection many people share with their pets. Dogs are often seen as another family member. Unfortunately, an owner’s love for their dog does not mean the animal is safe. We also have seen what can happen when a dog is not properly trained or is trained to be protective or aggressive.
Our Santa Monica dog bite lawyers represent dog attack victims in pursuit of full and fair compensation. We have handled claims involving all types of injuries, including significant and disfiguring dog bite injuries. Whatever the harm you or your child sustained, give us a call at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
We offer free consultations with no obligation to hire our firm. However, if you decide we are the right firm for you, there are no upfront fees. We accept dog bite claims on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us any fees until we obtain your compensation. Through the years, we have helped more than 5,000 clients obtain over $300 million in settlements and court rulings.
Who May Be Liable for a Dog Bite in Santa Monica?
After you or your child are bitten by a dog, we recommend calling us at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. We will carefully review your circumstances to determine who may be liable for your injuries. This will inform the strategy we devise to obtain your compensation.
The parties who may be liable for a dog attack and injuries include:
- Owner: Under California law, dog owners are generally liable for injuries their pets cause.
- Caretakers: Dog owners often leave their pets in another person or business’s care. At the time of the dog attack, the dog may have been with another caretaker or handler. This individual, or business, if the person was a working employee at the time, may be liable for your injuries if they were negligent in controlling the dog.
- Property owners: If someone has a dog living on their property, even if they are not the dog’s owner, they may be responsible for ensuring the dog is properly restrained or contained. Failing to make sure the dog is on a leash or within a secure fence could mean the property owner was negligent and responsible for your injuries.
- Landlords: A residential or commercial landlord may be responsible for your injuries if they knew there was a dangerous animal on the property, and they did nothing to remove it or protect you from an attack.
California Dog Bite Law
California Civil Code Section 3342 lays out the state’s dog bite law. If you are attacked and injured by a dog in a public place or when you were lawfully on private property, then you can hold the dog’s owner liable for your injuries. The dog owner’s responsibility does not depend on them knowing that the dog is or has been vicious before.
This is known as a strict liability statute. Because the other person owns the dog, they are responsible for the dog’s actions. This is far different from a “one bite rule,” which you may have heard of. In other states, under a so-called one bite rule, the dog owner is only responsible if they knew of the dog’s propensity for violence or viciousness.
Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
Whether we recommend pursuing a claim against the dog owner and/or another party, our Santa Monica dog bite attorneys will fight for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. To learn more about the damages you may be entitled to, give us a call.
Depending upon the facts of your case, you may have the right to demand compensation for your:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Other Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Were You Bitten by a Dog in Santa Monica?
If you or your child were attacked by a dog, we recommend you see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you believe the injury is not severe, you are at risk of infection. A physician will ensure the wounds are properly cleaned and treated. You or your child may also receive a rabies vaccination depending upon the risk of rabies associated with the attack.
When possible, gather information about the dog and its owner. It can help to write down the breed or physical description of the dog. Also, write down when and where you were attacked and what you remember about the minutes just before you were bitten.
We recommend reporting the attack to your local police or animal control agency. Local authorities may have records of this dog already if it previously attacked or bit someone.
Finally, we recommend giving us a call at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.