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10 Tips: What To Do If You Are Bit or Attacked By A Dog

  1. Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. 
  2. Obtain the name and contact information of the dog owner. 
  3. Obtain the name and contact information of any person who witnessed the attack. 
  4. File a report with Animal Control. 
  5. Take photographs of any visible injuries from the dog attack. 
  6. Save any clothing that may have been damaged by the dog during the attack. 
  7. Save and take photographs of any property damage caused by the animal. 
  8. Do not have any communication with the dog's owner, or their insurance company. 
  9. Continue to follow up with Animal Control to confirm animal’s vaccination history, and to obtain a copy of the incident report. 
  10. Contact the California Dog Bite Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP for a Free Case Evaluation by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page. 

Call today to ensure that you protect your right to compensation for your injuries.

The California Dog Bite Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have handled hundreds of dog bite injury claims and have obtained millions of dollars on behalf of clients. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has a reputation for providing excellent results and exceptional customer service, as evidenced by our client reviews. If you or a loved one were attacked by a dog, contact one of our dog bite attorneys now by calling 1-800-718-4658, or complete the contact form on this page.

Liability of California Dog Owners

California law provides that the owner of a dog is liable for damages suffered by anyone who is bitten or attacked, while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner's property. The fact that a dog has no history of bites or attacks, or that the owner has no awareness of a dog's viciousness, does not negate the owner's liability.

The California dog bite statute applies "strict liability" when determining an animal owner’s liability for damages or injuries to another. Strict liability means that a person is liable for damages, even if a person was not negligent in keeping or controlling the animal.

A dog owner is liable for every bite his or her dog inflicts on another person. The old law was that an owner was not liable unless the dog had already shown it was likely to hurt someone. However, the law has changed. California law holds owners liable for any harm their dog causes to another person. Dog owners are responsible for an injured person's lost wages, medical expenses, etc.

Dog Bite Statistics

The latest dog bite statistics reveal that approximately 4.7 million Americans are bit by a dog each year. There are an estimated 62 million dogs in the United States. Contributing to the epidemic of dog bites in America, is the growing owner preference for aggressive breeds, such as: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds. Further contributing to the increased frequency of dog attacks, is the average American’s work schedule. Working longer hours, means that dogs are often left home alone, untrained, and unsupervised. Most dog bites and attacks occur when dogs are tied up for long periods of time, or spend most of their time by themselves. A dog's isolation, or lack of interaction, results in a dog never being acclimated to strangers, thereby increasing the likelihood of attack.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to an animal attack, contact the California Dog Bite Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page. We will provide a free, confidential case evaluation. Our lawyers are experts in obtaining recovery under all applicable California laws on behalf of dog bite victims. Do not wait. The clock is ticking.

Preventing Dog Bites

The tendency for dogs to bite is the product of many factors, such as: breeds, early socialization to people, training, quality of care, animal supervision, maltreatment, victim behavior, and others. Situations that increase the likelihood of a dog attacking, include: invasion of a dog's territory, posing a threat to a dog owner or his/her family and posing a threat to the dog.

11 Dog Bite Prevention Tips:

  1. Do not hold your face close to a dog. 
  2. Do not allow dogs to roam unleashed. 
  3. Do not approach a strange dog. 
  4. Do not tease a dog.
  5. Do not startle a dog. 
  6. Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. 
  7. Never leave a small child alone with a dog. 
  8. Never run from or scream at a dog. 
  9. Do not challenge a dog by making eye contact. 
  10. If approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain as still as possible. 
  11. Do not approach a dog immediately after entering its territory. 

Remember, if you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, contact the California Dog Bite Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. We are experienced and successful attorneys that have represented hundreds of dog bite victims. For a free case evaluation, call us at 1-800-718-4658, or complete the contact form on this page.

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