About Dog Bites

Being attacked by an animal is a stressful event, and one that often results in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens.

angry-dogWhen a Plaintiff seeks compensation, Civil Code §3342(a)  [known as the Dog Bite Statute] the Plaintiff does not have to prove “the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”  Instead, liability is established by proving that the defendant owned the dog; that the dog bit plaintiff while he or she was in a public place or lawfully on private property; that the plaintiff was harmed; and that the dog was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s harm. CACI 463  It is not necessary that the skin be broken for the Dog Bite Statute to apply.

If you or someone you love was not bitten, but was injured by being knocked to the ground by the dog, it must proven that the dog owner was negligent.

(CACI are the approved jury instructions from the Judicial Council of California. Jury instructions are read to the jury by the judge and establish the law the jury must follow in deciding the case. A partner of Cheong & Denove has been formally recognized as one of the attorneys who assisted the task force in the preparation of these jury instructions.)

After a dog attack, it’s important that you take action as soon as possible. Dog bites often lead to infection and other medical complications, so it is important you seek immediate medical attention.

Our Dog Bite Attorneys understand the trauma of a dog attack.   Call today for a free consultation on your case.





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