Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for people to be bitten by a dog they know, such as one owned by a family member, friend, or neighbor. So you're not alone if this happened to you. It doesn't matter whose dog it is—if the attack leads to injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

California’s Strict Liability Dog Bite Law

Filing a claim for a dog bite by an animal you knowUnder California dog bite laws, an individual is directly liable if his animal bites you and causes injuries. The owner is responsible even if this is the first time his dog attacked anyone. This strict liability dog bite law applies as long as you were lawfully on private or public property at the time of the incident.

You may feel uncomfortable pursuing your right to compensation if the dog owner is a friend, family member, or someone else you know. This is understandable. However, it's important to remember that you'll most likely not seek compensation from them. You'll file a claim with their homeowner’s insurance company or their rental insurance company.

Contact the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane Today

Unfortunately, it might not be easy to settle your claim if the dog owner is a family member or friend. Even if they tell an insurance adjuster they want to fully compensate you, the insurance company could still try to reduce the claim amount—or deny your claim altogether.

Hiring an experienced dog bite attorney is essential to protect your legal rights and ensure a fair settlement. Call my San Diego office today to schedule a free consultation to get your questions answered and learn how I can assist you.


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