When Does a Dog Bite in California Reach Criminal Status?

In California, dog bites are extremely serious matters. People who are bitten by dogs can suffer from permanent scarring or disfiguration, infections, amputations from severe back, emotional trauma, and other serious side effects. While dog bites are generally handled through California civil law, there are some cases involving dog bites that are considered criminal matters. Criminal charges can be a repercussion in addition to a civil lawsuit.

Criminal Charges Are Filed by the State

Dog Bites? Maybe it’s the “Dog Days” of Summer!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg handles a disproportionate amount of dog bite and dog attack cases in the San Fernando Valley.  Perhaps, the office’s location in suburban Woodland Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, like Canoga Park and Tarzana, have a disproportionate number of dogs and families that…

Dog Bites and the Mailman

Dog bites occur almost every day in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. California paid out the most in dog bite-related injury settlements in 2012. Often, our postal workers are most at risk for dog bites and indeed, Los Angeles tops the country when it comes to dog attacks on postal workers.

Given available training methods for dogs, particularly for breeds known to be more aggressive, as well as public awareness about dog bites and the serious injuries they can cause, one might think that dog bite attacks might be on the decline. Unfortunately, the reverse is true and each day about 1,000 dog bite victims require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries and about 9,500 citizens are hospitalized each year due to dog bite injuries and dog bites are the fifth most frequent cause of Emergency Room visits for children.

5 Mistakes To Avoid If You Have Been Bitten By A Dog

Although a dog is often considered to be a man’s best friend, that is not always the case, especially if we are talking about a stranger’s dog. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.

Whether it is owner negligence or just plain bad luck, you need to have a solid case to get compensation for your financial and psychological injuries. Read on for a list of 5 things that you need to avoid after a dog has attacked you…

Not Getting Medical Help

What Does California Law Say About Dog Bites?

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.

Dog Bite Victims – Know Your Rights

‘Barking dogs seldom bite’ is not a valid cliché anymore, especially if you live in California,where statistics reflect the high number of dog bite attacks. Each year, about 4.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from dog bites,with California topping the list of states with the highest number of dog bites cases in 2015.This number,…

Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyer

Ouch! My Homeowners Insurance Excluded my Dog!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on insurance and insurance coverage and receives many inquiries about insurance issues from both the public and other lawyers.  Also, Mr. Goldberg’s office gets great results in dog attack cases because he handles them with special care and consideration. Recently, I received the following…

Harambe the Gorilla and Dog Bite Cases: Who’s At Fault?

The recent incident involving a toddler and Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo has brought the issue of animal ‘attacks’ into the national spotlight. Every year, thousands of Americans are bitten by animals — most often dogs. Many of these dog bite victims have a legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another responsible party.

If A Vicious Dog Bites You

If you are bitten by a dog, the first thing you need to do is write down the name and phone number of the dog’s owner or the name of a witness who can provide you with that crucial information. Next, and without delay, seek immediate medical attention. An untreated animal bite, especially from a rabid dog, can lead to serious injury, infection, and even death. You can bring your medical evaluation and reports to an experienced dog bite attorney who will be able to tell you whether you have a legal claim, and how much financial compensation you may be able to recover.

It is important to have the contact information of the dog’s owner, as you may want to file a claim against the owner with the help of an attorney.