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Dog attacks and dog bite injuries, especially those involving pit bull breeds, are fairly common in the Irvine area. The greater Orange County averages more than four dog bites a day, which translates to more than 1,500 dog bites every year.

Those numbers seem extreme, but it’s important to consider the circumstances. Most dog bites come from dogs that are familiar to their victims. They usually happen when an animal is startled or afraid. There are also unfortunate instances when a person provokes a dog into attacking them. What may start off as harmless teasing can easily result in a dog bite, especially when children are involved. There are also instances when someone enters a property and a dog attacks as a means of self-defense.

There are laws and regulations in California that regulate liability for dog owners whose animals bite someone. If you have suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite in the city of Irvine due to someone’s negligence, please read below. You may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 at (949) 334-9200 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about dog bite claims and we can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to damages.

Common Types Of Dog Bite Incidents

Dangerous Dog Breeds. Some dogs are inherently dangerous and have been known to attack and bite people. Certain dog breeds have such a “bad” reputation, that many homeowner’s insurance policies actually exclude coverage for any damages caused by them. A few examples of such poorly maligned dog breeds include Pit Bulls and Rottweilers

In the state of California, dangerous dog breeds are governed by breed specific ordinances. Among other legally mandated requirements, these ordinances mandate that dangerous dog breeds must be registered and spayed/neutered. A specific dog breed will not necessarily affect liability or damages, unless that dog had already bitten someone. In that case, a dog owner will be subject to additional legal repercussions because he or she already knew their dog was dangerous and did not take additional steps to prevent another attack. 

Dog Attacks On Children. Dog attacks on children are delicate and will always raise special liability issues. Dog bites and attacks on children require extensive treatment for physical injuries and for emotional and mental trauma. Sadly, in the very worst cases, a dog attack on a child can be fatal. These types of attacks will often involve punitive damages on top of the normal damages a victim may already be entitled to. Punitive damages will be discussed in greater detail below, but are awarded when a dog owner behaved in an especially negligent or malicious manner. 

Dog On Dog Attacks: These types of attacks are a real hazard because they can cause injuries and property loss to both people and dogs. Homeowner’s insurance policies sometimes cover a person’s damages after these types of incidents, including pain and suffering, but the dog’s pain and suffering will not be covered. As mentioned, it is important to understand that many dangerous dog breeds will not be co