North Highlands Dog Bite Lawyer


If you or a family member has suffered a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation from the dog owners' insurance company or even your insurance carrier. Our North Highlands dog bite lawyers are familiar with these types of cases and have represented injured individuals in dog bite cases since 1982.

Call our experienced North Highlands dog bite attorneys at (916) 921-6400 for a free case evaluation if you or a loved one was attacked by a dog and suffered a serious injury.

National Dog Bite Statistics

California has garnered the reputation of being known as the dog bite capital of the United States. This is because our state has the highest percentage of reported dog bite injuries (2,000 reported dog bite injury claims) and nearly $65 million paid out to injured individuals.

Nationwide, the numbers are pretty awful. Approximately 4.7 million people suffer a dog bite injury every year. If that isn't bad enough, roughly half the bite victims are children between the ages of 5 and 9. That means, each year, millions of young kids are attacked and seriously injured by a dog bite. 

Certain Breeds of Dogs Are Known to Be Violent

When a dog has bitten someone, the owner will argue that they had no idea their dog was violent. However, that argument does not hold water in California, and it is fragile when the dog involved in the attack is of a breed known to have violent tendencies. 

For example, if you own a pit bull, you should know that they are breeds most often involved in attacks. Nevertheless, any dog could potentially bite a person, so the breed of the dog is not determinative of the viability of your North Highlands dog bite injury claim.

Dog Owners Are Strictly Liable For Their Dog's Behavior

According to California Civil Code section 3342(a), strict liability is applied to dog bite injury cases. This legal doctrine establishes that the dog owner that attacks and injures another person is automatically liable for those harms and losses. The injured party does not need to prove negligence on the dog owner's part, which makes obtaining financial recovery from the dog owner's insurance company much easier.

Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Quite Serious

Some people mistakenly believe that dog bites are not that serious; simply disinfect the wound, and you are good to go. Many serious dog bite injuries require weeks or months of rehabilitative treatment. For example, the types of injuries suffered as a result of dog bites and dog attacks include:

  • Disfigurement 
  • Facial and body lacerations 
  • Broken bones 
  • Loss of a limb
  • Eye damage
  • Emotional and psychological trauma
Financial Restitution for Damages in a Dog Attack

Dog bites can cause serious, potentially debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one suffered broken bones in your hands, multiple open wounds, and abrasions to your legs and knees, you will probably require numerous trips to your doctor, including a trip to the emergency room. 

You might also be forced to miss time from work because of the injuries. For example, if you are a data processed typing on a computer all day, a broken hand can force you to miss a significant amount of time from your job. This means the types of harm and losses that are compensable through a personal injury claim include:

  • Medical bills stemming from the dog attack
  • Lost wages due to time missed from work
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
Discussing your Case with Our Injury Lawyers

There is no risk of the financial cost of speaking to our experienced North Highlands dog bite attorneys. We offer free, no-hassle, confidential case reviews to all of our prospective clients. During the case review, we will discuss the facts surrounding the incident and assess whether it makes sense to move forward. We use our years of legal experience in personal injury law to determine the viability of your case. 

The case review is a no-pressure environment, so that is okay if you do not feel comfortable going forward. If you want to move forward and think your case has merit, we can get the process started.

The video below explains why you should hire a North Highlands lawyer for your dog bite claim.

North Highlands Dog Bite FAQ

When should I file a claim for my dog bite injury?

You should not delay speaking with and retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer to file a legal claim against the responsible dog owner. The victim of a dog bite only has two years from the date of the dog bite injury to file a lawsuit under California's statute of limitations. If the two-year window closes, your case will likely be barred from going forward.

Can I afford to hire a lawyer for my dog bite case?

Some dog attack victims hesitate to hire a personal injury attorney because they have heard stories about outrageous hourly legal costs and retainer fees. That is not the case for an injury lawyer, and this is because most injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you are not charged an hourly fee, and you do not have a pay a huge retainer fee to obtain the services of an experienced and skilled dog bite injury lawyer. Instead, your lawyer's fee is contingent upon achieving a financial recovery for you. Once your lawyer secures a settlement or jury verdict, they receive a percentage of the overall legal recovery. The fee percentage will be discussed with the lawyer before you hire them, so there are no surprises at the end.

Contact Our Dog Bite Lawyers in North Highlands, CA

If you have been injured in a dog attack or someone you love was bitten by a dog, please call our experienced North Highlands dog bite lawyers today at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

We are proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.20.22]

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