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Dog Bites

Dog bites occur each day across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States country annually. Out of those, 900,000 of those become infected. A dog bite can be very traumatic and painful for the victim.

Statistics show that 94 percent of dog bites are unprovoked. In other words, most dog bite victims did not instigate the event in any way. Many victims of dog bites are children. California statistics illustrate that 70 percent of dog attack victims are under the age of 12.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach area is the most populated region in the United States. This means that dogs and dog bites are a common occurrence. If you’ve been involved in a dog bite incident, it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer to speak to a lawyer today.

L.A. Lawyer for Dog Bites, CA

If you were recently been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. A good personal injury attorney can evaluate and file your claim. Time, however, is limited. Contact the attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC for legal representation today.

Our attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC are experienced in handling dog bite cases. We approach our clients with compassion and respect. Contact one of our attorneys today and let us help you hold the responsible party liable for your pain and suffering. Yarian & Associates, APC accepts clients throughout the Los Angeles Metropolitan area including surrounding cities such as Glendale, Visalia, Irvine, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Long Beach.

Call (844) 291-1911 or schedule an appointment online for legal representation from a seasoned personal injury today.

Overview of Dog Bites Claims in California


What to Do After a Dog Bite

Dog bites can put the victim into a state of shell shock. Depending on the severity, the victim may not know how to react. Although it is understandable to be stunned after an attack, you should try your best to be proactive.

Some tips that a victim can do after an attack include:

  • Get to a safe place, away from the attack;
  • Call a first responder;
  • Determine who owns or control the dog;
  • Take photos of the dog, the location, and your injuries;
  • Get information from the dog owner including name number, address, and if possible their homeowner’s insurance;
  • Get information from surrounding witnesses as well;
  • Contact animal control, or law enforcement

Although not listed, a final tip is to get in contact with a personal injury attorney. There is only a limited amount of time to file a claim for a dog bite attack. If you were injured by a dog bite, it is vital that you call an attorney to best understand your rights.


Common Injuries from Dog Bites

Most dogs seem incapable of causing lasting damage. However, a dog bite can result in a variety of injuries. Victims of dog bites are known to suffer severe psychological and emotional problems as well.

Some common injuries that result from a dog bite include:

  • Broken Bones and Bone Dislocation
  • Amputation
  • Lacerations, Contusions, and Abrasions
  • Avulsions
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Cosmetic disfigurement
  • Infection
  • Psychological Impact
  • Death

Establishing Liability for a Dog Bite in California

Since California is a strict liability state, the dog owner will be held responsible for dog bite injuries. This includes any sort of situation where trespassers on the owner’s property are involved. The strict liability statue holds true as long as the victim is:

  • In a public place;
  • Lawfully on private property; or
  • On the dog owner’s property, so as the victim is there legally.

California Civil Code sec. 3342(a) states that the dog’s owner is liable for any harm caused. Even if the animal has never shown any prior aggression, the owner will still be liable. Additionally, California law mandates that all dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length.

The California law dictates if a dog is deemed “vicious,” that they may be quarantined by animal control and put to sleep for public safety. The definition of a vicious dog is any dog that has attacked a person in an unprovoked manner, a dog that has bitten a person or another domestic animal off the property of the owner on two or more separate occasions within a 36 month period.

A “vicious dog” may inflict severe injury or cause death on a person. Severe injury is defined under California law as a muscle tear or disfiguring lacerations that require multiple sutures or corrective surgery.

The definition of a vicious dog is any dog that has attacked a person in an unprovoked manner, a dog that has bitten a person or another domestic animal off the property of the owner on two or more separate occasions within a 36 month period.


When to File a Claim for a Dog Bite

There is a limited time period to file a claim against a dog bite owner. California Code to Civil Procedure § 335.1 establishes the statute of limitations for dog bites. The limit for a dog bite claim is typically two years.

If a lawsuit is not filed during that two-year period, the victim loses the right to file a lawsuit and the owner will be without fault. The faster you file a claim with fresh evidence, the easier the case will be. Due to the time limit, it is important to get in touch with a personal injury attorney who will have your best interest in mind.


Additional Resources

Civ. Code §3342(a) – Visit the California Legislature’s website for statutory language regarding dog bites. See the specifics, penalties, and liabilities involved with dog bites and the exceptions to the statute.

Preventing Dog Bites – Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Learn about various ways a person can avoid being bit by a dog. Read how you can protect yourself, what to do if an unfamiliar dog approaches you, and what a person should do if they are attacked by a dog.

If a Dog Bites You, Do These 7 Things Now – Visit the Cleveland Clinic’s website, and see an article written by M.D’s on what a person should do after a dog bite. Alongside this, see what the next steps are for a doctor if they have a patient with a dog bite.


Locating an Attorney for Dog Bite Claims in L.A., CA

Los Angeles has the highest rate of dog bites in the country. No one should have to suffer from an animal attack. If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog recently, contact the personal injury attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC.

At Yarian & Associates, APC we have genuine compassion for dog bite victims. Attorney Levik Yarian has received numerous awards and recognition from his practice over the years. We want to help you get what you deserve. Yarian & Associates, APC accepts clients throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Glendale metro area including Long Beach, Santa Monica, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Monica.

Yarian & Associates, APC is familiar with state and law officials in Los Angeles County and Tulare County including the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, the Office for Los Angeles County Sheriff, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, the Glendale Police Department, the Office for Tulare County Sheriff, the Pasadena Humane Society’s Animal Control, the Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Animal Control, and the Tulare County Animal Services department.

There is no reason to suffer due to another’s negligence. Call (844) 291-1911 or schedule an appointment online for a free no-obligation consultation.



This article was last updated on June 19th, 2018.

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