If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, you may be able to pursue compensation for your damages by bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the pet owner.
Because you may have options to bring a claim on negligence, an animal’s dangerous tendencies, or strict liability under California’s dog bite statute, it is important that you work with an attorney who can help determine the best path to justice based on the unique facts of your case.
Our Fresno lawyers at Drake Law Firm know dog bite injuries can result in significant medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We may be able to help you fight for the financial recovery you deserve.
Drake Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury practice devoted to fighting for victims. We know the laws surrounding dog bite and animal owner liability and can help explore your legal options for securing full compensation.
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Victims injured by dog bites or animal attacks may have several options to recover compensation for their damages. This includes bringing personal injury claims that prove:
Though bringing claims based on negligence or an animal’s dangerous propensities may be appropriate options in some cases, victims should also evaluate whether they can bring claims under California’s dog bite statute (Civil Code § 3342), which imposes strict liability on a dog owner.
When victims bring strict liability claims, they do not have to prove an owner was negligent or knew of their dog’s past aggression or tendency to bite. Instead, victims only need to prove that:
Although California is one of a few states to impose strict liability in dog bite cases, there are some exceptions. Common defenses include:
Strict liability makes it easier for dog bite victims to hold pet owners responsible. However, they must still show how injuries impacted their lives to recover full compensation.
At Drake Law Firm, we help clients fight for a full recovery of:
The facts of your case and what happened during the dog or animal attack will determine if you can bring a claim for damages against a pet owner. At Drake Law Firm, our Fresno dog bite lawyers are readily available to review your case and discuss how we can help. Contact us for a FREE consultation.
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