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We like dogs. But we don’t like their bites. Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers 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 the 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 | Injury & Accident Lawyers 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 | Injury & Accident Lawyers today, at (888) 233-5020.

Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

Hiring a dog bite lawyer is the best thing you can do when trying to obtain a favorable settlement. The legal procedure regarding dog bites is very complicated and can be difficult to understand for someone without legal experience.

An attorney will be to handle all the important legal tasks for you, such as properly filing documents, handling legal procedure, developing a case strategy, and arguing your case before a judge and jury. All these factors play a significant role in getting you the full and fair compensation you deserve if you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog. A lawyer will also be able to negotiate with the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance company, which is typically the entity that pays out settlements in dog bite cases.

At Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, our attorneys have seen many different kinds of dog bite cases over the nearly 20 years we have been in practice. Our highly skilled and experienced dog bite lawyers know how to present the strongest case possible that will put you in the best position to recover all the damages you need and deserve.

Why Choose Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers to Handle My Case?

Because of the complex legal issues involved in a California dog bite case, you need to make sure you have a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer assisting you. Many victims are confused about their rights and may downplay the seriousness of the attack. Taking action right away by filing a legal claim may be the only way to get compensation for your injuries and avoid paying for costly medical treatment out of your own pocket. A dog bite claim will usually be filed against the pet’s owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy, so even if the animal was owned by a family member, close friend, or neighbor, you could potentially get the money you need to pay for medical care and recoup lost wages without causing the person financial harm.

Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers has experienced San Diego dog bite attorneys ready to help with any California dog bite case. After your initial free and confidential consultation, we will begin investigating your dog bite case – collecting evidence, talking with witnesses, and taking all the appropriate steps toward building your case.

Legal issues involving dog attacks require an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle successfully. Our San Diego dog bite lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll dog attacks have on the victim. Our compassionate attorneys will be able to navigate all the legal issues and complexities that arise, so you can focus on what is most important: your and health and recovery.

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.

At Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, we represent victims who have suffered any type of injury as a result of a dog attack, therefore we handle dog bite cases involving a wide range of injuries. Common injuries resulting from a dog attack include: • Cuts, scrapes, and bruising • Broken bones • Torn muscles and ligaments • Bone dislocations • Nerve damage • Permanent scarring • Head trauma • Rabies and other diseases • Post-traumatic stress

Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers 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.
Our San Diego dog bite lawyers have handled many different types of dog bite cases over the years. We know how to present the strongest case possible that will put you in the best position to recovering all the damages you need and deserve.
  • 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 | Injury & Accident Lawyers, 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

At Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, we get a lot of questions from clients regarding their dog attack cases. We hope you find the answers to the following frequently asked questions useful. If you have any questions about your particular dog bite case, please reach out to one of our experienced California dog bite attorneys by calling (888) 233-5020.

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 | Injury & Accident Lawyers thoroughly evaluates a case to determine the most effective course of action for getting our clients the compensation that is rightfully theirs.

Dog Bite Statistics

About 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 800,000 of those result in medical care.

Over a 15-year period, from 1993 to 2008, there was an 86% jump in dog attack-related hospital stays in the U.S., according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

According to AHRQ, the average cost of a dog attack-related hospitalization is $18,200 – approximately 50% greater than the average injury-related hospital stay.

In 2018, homeowners’ insurers paid out $675 million in liability claims related to dog attacks, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

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 | Injury & Accident Lawyers 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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