What To Do When Bitten By a Family Member or Friend’s Dog in California


At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our Whittier personal injury attorneys know an estimated 78% of all dog bites that occur in the U.S. happen during interactions with a family member or friend’s pet.

Unfortunately, these incidents occur more than most people think.

It is estimated that over five million people suffer from dog bite injuries each year, which is the equivalent of one dog bite every 75 seconds, every day.

When our California residents are bitten by a close relative, friend, or neighbor’s dog, and require medical care and time away from work to heal, it can place a significant strain on their relationship.

Our Los Angeles County dog bite attorneys can help ease the stress that comes with pursuing a loved one for financial compensation by evaluating other avenues of recovery.

Here is what California residents need to know about their legal options, and how a dog bite attorney can help redirect the conversation towards any applicable insurance coverage the dog’s owner may have instead.

How Can a California Dog Bite Injury Attorney Help Me?

Our California dog bite statute clearly states that the owner of any dog is liable for damages if the person bitten was lawfully in a private place — including a guest on someone’s property — or in a public place when the bite occurred.

For homeowners, our strict liability law says that even if the dog owner did not know their dog would act aggressively, he or she cannot avoid liability for a dog bite and is still responsible for the damages that result – even if they are a family member or close friend.

Understandably, holding someone they love responsible for their damages may put the injured person in a challenging position.

Partnering with a Whittier dog bite attorney may allow you to pursue the homeowner’s insurance policy or other applicable coverage for your damages to help soften the impact of asking a friend or family member to cover your expenses directly.

If you or your child has suffered dog bite injuries in California, we can help provide legal remedies to objectively pursue compensation for the medical costs, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses you incurred.

Contact Our Experienced Dog Bite Accident Attorneys in Whittier, California

Contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Whittier, California at Hanning & Sacchetto today by calling (562) 698-6446 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue financial recovery through the proper insurance policy.

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