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We like dogs. But we don’t like their bites. Jurewitz Law Group has been helping dog attack victims - especially children - recover money for their injuries since 2000. If you were bitten, the dog's owner is legally responsible to you. Don't let them off the hook.

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Get the Legal Help You Need after a Dog Bite

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that there are 70 to 80 million pet dogs in the United States. While dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” not all dogs are friendly to every person they encounter. In California, a dog’s owner can be held liable for any injuries their dog caused. Exceptions to this liability include:

  • The victim was trespassing on the dog owner’s property
  • The victim was provoking the dog
  • The victim was physically attacking the owner
  • The victim was performing a paid service involving the dog, such as training or grooming the dog

If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, you may be able to pursue compensation for injuries you suffered. To get the settlement you and your family deserve, it is vital that you’re represented by an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney. Jurewitz Law Group has been successfully handling dog bite claims in Southern California for over 15 years. We take dog bite injuries seriously, and understand the far-reaching effect such an incident can have on a victim. For a free consultation, call the Jurewitz Law Group today, at (888) 233-5020.

Dog Attack-Related Damages

Many people underestimate the physical, as well as mental and emotional, impact a dog attack can have on a person, particularly a child. A bite can result in multiple surgeries, skin grafts, lengthy hospitalization, expensive medication to treat infections, years of physical therapy, counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), financial losses from taking time off of work to recover, and other significant damages. Recovery under these circumstances can be very difficult without financial stability.

Jurewitz Law Group takes pride in helping dog bite victims regain the momentum of their lives through obtaining compensation for such damages as:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical bills for treatment stemming from the original injury, such as reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery, etc.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Therapy for emotional trauma
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Loss of career or earning potential
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
  • Punitive damages
Who Can Be Held Liable for a San Diego Dog Bite?

Dog bites are often the result of a negligent and/or abusive owner failing to properly restrain, care for, train, or handle their animal. Dogs are typically treated like members of a family, so many of them are well-behaved and pleasant to be around. However, this does not mean that a dog owner is not responsible for an overly aggressive or vicious dog.

Dog owners who fail to control their pet's behavior may be held legally accountable for any damage or injuries their dog causes. But dog bite cases can be complicated, and filing a personal injury claim over a dog bite can be an arduous process. However, with Jurewitz Law Group, you know that you're in good, competent hands. Let our seasoned attorneys handle your legal matters so that you can put all your energy into physically recovering.

Frequently Asked Questions After a Dog Bite

Q: How much time do I have to file a dog bite claim?

A: In California‚ the statute of limitations for filing a claim is two years from the date of the dog bite incident. Any attempts you make to file a lawsuit after this window has passed will be denied. You should get in touch with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney right away. The longer you wait‚ the worse your chances of attaining a full and fair settlement.

Q: I was attacked by a dog, but it didn’t break my skin. Can I still file a dog bite claim?

A: Yes. A dog bite claim doesn’t have to involve a serious or noticeable injury in order to be legitimate. The fact that a dog’s jaws came into contact with any part of your body is enough to establish a claim. Although you do not have any physical scars‚ you may base your claim on the psychological effects of such a traumatic and frightening experience.

Q: If I suffered a dog bite at work or on someone else’s property‚ what can I do to recover damages?

A: You may have the option of filing for workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered a dog bite while performing your job duties. If you were bitten on someone else’s property‚ you may have a premises liability case. Determining liability is never a simple affair. An experienced San Diego animal attack lawyer can help you examine the details surrounding the incident and identify the liable party.

Q: A dog in my apartment building bit me. Can I sue my landlord or the City of San Diego for my injuries?

A: Under California law‚ a dog owner is “strictly liable” (meaning they are responsible for injuries caused by their dog‚ even when they are acting carefully) for any injuries caused by their dog. But‚ because they are living in an apartment building‚ they may not necessarily have the resources to pay for your medical treatment. Usually, an insurance company hired by the dog owner will pay for those costs, but renters typically do not purchase renters insurance.

You could sue the landlord for your injuries. However‚ you would need to prove that the landlord not only knew about the dog‚ but also knew about the dog’s dangerous nature and did not take any reasonable action to warn/protect you and the other residents.

As for suing the City of San Diego for your injuries‚ you would probably not be successful. Even if you could present facts that might form the basis for a lawsuit‚ the City has sovereign immunity (meaning that it can’t be sued in most circumstances).

How Can a San Diego Dog Bite Lawyer Prove Fault After a Dog Bite?

To prove fault in a lawsuit involving a dog attack, the victim will need a wide array of evidence, and must present this evidence in an organized and efficient manner. With our San Diego dog bite injury attorneys on your side, you can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in tracking down the right witnesses and obtaining persuasive medical evidence. Jurewitz Law Group thoroughly evaluates a case to determine the most effective course of action for getting our clients the compensation that is rightfully theirs.

We’re Committed to Protecting Your Rights in San Diego and the Rest of Southern California

A dog attack can cause devastating injuries and leave a victim with lifelong physical and emotional challenges. But, you are not without options. Contact Jurewitz Law Group for immediate legal guidance and dedicated representation. We can help you overcome your financial burdens by holding the negligent dog owner accountable for the suffering their pet has caused you. Call our San Diego legal team now at (888) 233-5020 for a free, informative, and no-obligation consultation. You pay nothing upfront; we only make money if we win your claim.

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Our No Fee Guarantee® promises that our clients will not owe a penny if our injury accident lawyers fail to obtain any compensation for them. The Jurewitz Law Group team will work on your case from start to finish and you will not be asked to come out of pocket prior to settlement to pay for our attorneys' fees.

From Our Clients

No words can begin to describe the relief I feel to be able to pay my medical bills and continue on with my life with a fresh new start. The fact that there is absolutely nothing lingering over my head makes me incredibly happy.

- Joshua H.
Motorcycle Accident Victim

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