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Understanding California Dog Bite Laws

Every year, innocent people are attacked by dogs. Dogs on the loose attack strangers and sometimes a dog on a leash will attack someone who the dog already knows. Regardless of the scenario, everyone has rights – and that includes not being a victim to dog attacks. If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog, it is your right to get a dog bite injury lawyer!

Lawsuits are not uncommon for dog attacks. They can teach the owner of the dog responsibility and hold them responsible for the actions of the dog. Being bitten by a dog can be a very scary scenario – one that can cause a lot of trauma for many years to come.

If you or your loved one has recently been attacked or bit by a dog, you may have a right to recover your damages by a filing a personal injury claim against the dog's owner. Each year, thousands of injured dog bite victims pursue lawsuits against at-fault dog owners, many of which aim to recover compensation for medical expenses, costs of therapy, emotional injuries, pain and suffering, and lost work wages, among other damages.


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After-Effects of a Dog Attack

Dog attacks can cause a great deal of physical damage, as well as emotional and financial damages.

Being bitten by a dog can lead to:

  • Rabies
  • Scarring
  • Infections
  • Disfigurement

Dog Bite Victims May Experience:

  • Being nervous near dogs
  • Fear of going outside
  • Emotional trauma
  • Physical pain & suffering

Filing a Dog Bite Claim in San Jose

In order to file a successful dog bite claim, victims should work with seasoned injury lawyers in San Jose who have experience handling these types of cases. At Habbas & Associates, our legal team is prepared to guide you through the personal injury claim process to ensure that owners are held accountable and that you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Victims' Rights After a Dog Bite

It isn't right that you have to pay medical bills and deal with emotional trauma because a dog attacked you. There have been many cases where people have been able to get financial compensation for their medical bills and suffering because a dog owner could not control their pet. Compensation may include the costs of medical treatment, therapy expenses, lost work wages, as well as pain and suffering, among other damages.

As we also place an emphasis on helping our clients understand their rights, we've included a few important things you should know about California's dog bite laws.

  • Under California Civil Code § 3342, the owner of a dog is liable for damages victims suffer when bitten by a dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place. This is known as strict liability.
  • Dog owners can be held liable even if their dog has no history of attacks or viciousness.
  • California's strict liability dog bite law does not apply to victims who were trespassing on another's property or when the dog was on duty for the military or law enforcement.
  • Victims may be eligible to recover any physical, emotional, and financial damages that result directly from the dog bite attack.

Our San Jose dog bite attorneys help victims understand California dog bite laws, exercise their rights, and get compensation for their injuries.


Don't hesitate to contact our firm by calling (888) 387-4053 or filling out our contact form for a free consultation.


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More Than 200 years of Experience on Your Side

You always have rights and that includes not being attacked. Don't deal with the medical bills and trauma yourself. While accidents do happen, there is usually someone at fault and you shouldn't have to be the one to suffer. If you or your loved one has recently been injured in a dog bite attack, the San Jose dog bite injury attorneys at Habbas & Associates can help. By investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack, securing evidence, and applying the facts of the law to your case, our legal team can effectively fight for the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have 200 years of combined experience and have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients. To better serve you, we have offices in San Jose, Modesto, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, and Rocklin.


For more information about your dog bite attack claim, call (888) 387-4053 for a FREE consultation or fill out our contact form. Our firm represents victims and families throughout San Jose and the surrounding communities.


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