Dog bites are far more common – and dangerous — than you might realize. In fact, each year insurance companies nationwide pay out over $1 billion in claims related to animal bites and one-third of the money paid out through homeowners’ liability claims are related to dog attacks. It may or may not surprise you that California ranks top in the nation in fatal dog attacks and tragically, children are most often the victims of serious dog attacks. Dog bite victims of all ages often suffer a lifetime of painful and life-altering injuries; including deep skin wounds, loss of fingers, infections and scarring.
California is tough on the owners of dangerous dogs. In California, there is no such thing as a “one bite rule” or disputed liability. In other words, a dog owner is “strictly liable” for the injuries caused by their dog and is automatically responsible to pay for your damages. An experienced dog bite lawyer can help you actually recover that money.