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Riverside, CA Dog Bite Attorneys

dogObtain financial compensation following a dog bite injury with the support of a skilled attorney

Millions of Americans own dogs, and while these animals can often be friendly housepets, they can sometimes cause serious injuries when they attack. If you sustained injuries because of a dog bite, you may have legal grounds to file a personal injury claim against the canine’s owner. A dog bite attack is a very serious matter that should be treated as such. Many victims, particularly children, can suffer long-lasting physical pain and emotional distress that can make an impact on the rest of their lives. 

If you or a loved one was injured in a dog bite attack, legal reparations may be available through a personal injury claim. Speak to a qualified attorney who can help protect your right to a fair compensation. 

More Than 30 Years of Dedicated Experience

As previously mentioned, dog bite attacks are serious and they can typically lead to a wide range of injuries. In California, dog bite victims have the legal right to seek reparations from the dog’s owner. Obtaining the support shortly after the incident is critically important. 

The personal injury attorneys at Castillo & Associates are exceptionally experienced in the most challenging dog bite cases in Southern California. Since 1999, the firm has worked tirelessly to help accident victims obtain the compensation they needed to improve their well-being. The attorneys at Castillo & Associates have triumphantly helped over 10,000 clients in Riverside, CA including Corona, Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco, Moreno Valley, Grand Terrace, Temecula and all neighboring communities obtain compensation for their grievances and they are available to help you today. Consider scheduling a no-cost consultation today. 

Strict Liability and Dog Bite Claims

In the State of California, a dog bite claim will be addressed on a strict liability basis. This means that the dog owner will be held accountable for the injuries their pet has caused others, without regard to their knowledge of the dog’s propensity to hurt others or knowledge of prior attacks. The only exception to this is if the dog bite victim is shown to have provoked the dog’s aggressive reaction, which ultimately led to the bite. 

In accordance with California’s Civil Code §3342, a dog owner is responsible for the injuries suffered by any individual who sustains a dog bite while lawfully in private property or in a public setting. This includes the property of the dog owner. Under the statute, the dog owner will be held accountable regardless of his or her knowledge of the dog’s aggressive behavior. 

Although some states will employ the one bite law, where dog owners are exempt from liability when the dog has shown no previous aggressive behaviors or has otherwise never attacked anyone, the State of California does not. Instead, California legislation offers dog bite victims legal recourse to pursue restitution regardless of whether the animal is considered “aggressive” or “dangerous”. 

This information is particularly important, as many dog bite injuries can involve dogs owned by neighbors, friends, and other acquaintances. Dog bite victims seeking compensation under Civil Code §3342 can often be compensated through the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy.

Obtain Financial Compensation With the Support of a Qualified Dog Bite Attorney

Financial restitution may be available to dog bite victims for practically any type of grievance sustained, not just from the bite itself, but also for the attack that led to other injuries. Compensation can cover a victim’s medical costs, surgery, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, as well as property damage. The ability to recover a full compensation can make a significant difference as the victim works to rebuild his or her life. 

If you were injured in a dog bite attack, it is imperative that you take immediate action and seek the legal support of a skilled personal injury attorney. Dog bite cases are extremely sensitive, as many dog owners will do all that is possible to defend their pet of any wrongdoing, which can include placing the blame on the victim. 

As a victim, it is in your best interest to protect your rights and seek legal support as soon as possible. The proficient litigators at Castillo & Associates have more than 30 years of dedicated experience helping dog bite victims obtain fair compensation following an attack. Having worked with major insurance companies, the attorneys at Castillo & Associates understand what is needed to establish a strong case. Following a dog bite attack, speak to a qualified attorney who will diligently protect your right to a maximum compensation; consider speaking to the attorneys at Castillo & Associates today for a no-cost compensation. 

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