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With over 77.5 million registered dogs in the United States, it is safe to say that people love their pets. The citizens of Riverside, California are no different. However, when you or a loved one is attacked or bitten by someone’s beloved pet, you may be curious as to who might be liable for the consequences of that bite. There are many questions that come to mind, such as: What if the dog was or wasn’t provoked? What happens if your dog is bitten by another dog? Does breed matter? 

The Riverside dog bite attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers know California dog bite law and we can help you win a dog bite case. Our expertly trained personal injury attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience and can help you receive the maximum settlement for your injuries. 

At West Coast Trial Lawyers we will make sure that you are reimbursed for your medical bills, property damage, as well as your pain and suffering. Our collective experience has earned over $1 billion in rewards for our clients. Our contingency fee policy allows us to only charge our clients when we win. Contact a Riverside dog bite attorney today by calling (951) 393-1299 or emailing [email protected] 

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The Types of Dog Bite Cases We Handle

Classifying a dog bite claim is largely dependent on the details of the attack. With reference to the California Civil Code Section 3342, if an injured victim was involved, it is generally the duty of the dog owner to pay for all damages caused by their dog. This applies to dogs who have no history of aggression and whether or not the owner knew their dog was capable of biting.  

One of the most important factors in a dog bite case is location. If the victim was bitten in a public place or if they were legally allowed on someone’s property, the dog owner is liable for the animal’s behavior, regardless of most circumstances. Even if the owner had no prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressive tendencies, or if this was the very first time the dog had ever attacked anyone, the owner will still be held liable.  

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Listed below are the most common types of dog bite cases: Dog On Dog Attacks: These attacks frequently occur in dog parks and are particularly dangerous because humans who try to break up a dog fight are often injured as well. Some homeowner’s insurance policies may pay for a human’s medical bills, but this will not cover the dogs. Listed below are a few tips on how to safely break up a dog on dog attack:
  1. Stay Calm. You don’t want to alarm your dogs or get yourself hurt. 
  2. Make Noise. Make as much noise as possible using your voice and any items you have surrounding you. At this point, it is all about distracting the dog. 
  • Wet The Dogs. This will distract the dogs long enough for you to gain control over your dog. If walking in unfamiliar places or if you know that your dog is going to be around other dogs, it is a good idea to carry a spray bottle with you. 
  • Use A Barrier. Grab an object such as a chair or a trash can lid to place between the two dogs.
  • Throw A Blanket Over Them. By tossing a blanket over the dueling creatures you are interrupting the violent attack and resetting the dogs’ temperament.  
Non-Aggressive Dog Attacks.

These circumstances usually occur when a larger dog unintentionally knocks over or trips a human being they may be overly excited to see. These cases usually involve eldery people or younger children and are handled differently because it was not the dog’s intention to “attack”, especially if there wasn’t a bite involved.  Though the dog’s intention has little to do with the actual damage done, these cases are sometimes handled as premises liability cases

Dangerous Dog Breeds.

Unfortunately, there are certain dog breeds that just have a bad reputation. Your home insurance policy may not cover these particular breeds of dogs. Breeds that are considered “inherently dangerous” are Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. 

In California, it is required for owners to register specific breeds of dogs. Be sure to check with your local government to understand the laws regarding your particular breed. 

Dog Attacks On Children. As expected, the rules affecting dog attacks on children can be convoluted. Children may also require treatment for both mental and emotional trauma, on top of whatever physical injuries they may incur. 

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Strict Liability

California is a “strict liability” state. This simply means that if you are bitten by a dog -- in most cases -- it is the responsibility of the dog owner. However, there are a few cases where there may be exceptions:

  1. If the victim was not legally allowed on the property 
  2. If the dog is a military or government dog and was acting in the line of duty 
  3. If the dog was provoked

A Riverside Dog Bite Attorney At West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Riverside or surrounding areas as a result of a dog bite accident, a personal injury attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, loss of consortium, emotional distress and pain and suffering. We have offices in Glendale, Bakersfield, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Riverside, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Woodland Hills, and Solana Beach.

Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (951) 393-1299 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


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