Most dogs are wonderful companion animals that bring great joy to those who share their lives with them. But under certain circumstances, and with certain dogs, attacks do happen, injuring people and other animals. Dog bite injuries can be particularly devastating to young children. If a dog attacked you or your child, you have a right to seek compensation from the animal’s owner. At the Law Offices of Richard J. Staskus, we have more than 40 years of experience focused solely on personal injury recovery and a track record of high-dollar verdicts and settlements. We will vigorously pursue compensation on your behalf for injuries sustained in a dog attack.
California Code Section 3342 holds the dog owner strictly liable for injuries to you in a public place or if you’re lawfully on the owner’s property, even if the dog showed no previous signs of viciousness. You are considered legally on the property if you are performing a legal duty, have been expressly invited by the owner, or have entered under an implied invitation.
However, these laws do not protect trespassers who are bitten while on the owner’s property if the trespasser provoked the dog. Provocation includes situations in which the dog that is being held on a leash protects the owner from a person who approaches in a threatening manner.
Owners are responsible for keeping their potentially dangerous or vicious dog secure. By law, a potentially dangerous dog is one who, while unprovoked, has:
A vicious dog is one who seriously injures or kills another person who has not provoked him. Serious injury in this statute refers to physical harm that causes muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations that require stitches or surgery.
A dog attack can cause serious physical and psychological harm. Our personal injury law firm pursues every avenue to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. We are often able to bring a successful claim under the owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy. We can also aggressively demand compensation to be funded by any assets the owner may have.
Dog bites can result in serious injuries that leave victims with both physical and emotional scars. If you’ve suffered such an injury, the Law Offices of Richard J. Staskus in San Jose can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us to schedule your free no-risk case evaluation at 408-606-9150 or contact us online. You owe us nothing unless we recover damages for you.