The Legal Help You Need For A Dog Bite Injury

Under California law, pet owners have strict liability for the behavior of their animals. Anyone who is injured by a dog bite or other type of pet animal attack has the right to sue the pet owner for damages, usually through the owner's homeowners insurance policy.

I am personal injury trial attorney David M. Beerman of Los Angeles. For more than 30 years, my solo practice law firm has been aggressively standing up for the rights of the injured in Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and Orange County, California. My staff (of more than 20 years) and I will treat you with respect and dignity throughout your case, as we handle everything to help you get the full and fair monetary compensation you are entitled to for:

  • Medical treatment and ongoing physical therapy for scarring and muscle damage
  • Lost wages and earnings if you are out of work
  • Pain and suffering related to the attack and injuries

What To Do After A Bite Or Attack

In most cases, the injured party knows the pet's owner, either as a friend or family member. It is important to remember that most of these injuries are handled through insurance policies, which often do not significantly impact the financial circumstances of the pet owner.

We handle these cases with discretion and compassion, doing everything we can to help you receive the compensation you deserve, without destroying your personal relationship.

This is not legal advice, but here are some common sense things you can do to help your case following a bite or attack injury:

1. Record the circumstances of the bite. Was the animal running free? Did it jump a fence to attack? Did the owner fail to control the animal on a leash?

2. Record the owner's personal contact information, if you know it. If you do not know it, be careful not to sound or appear too aggressive when asking for it. If the pet owner will not readily give it to you, try not to become upset. There are other ways to gather the information.

3. Record the contact information of any witnesses.

4. At the scene, DO NOT engage in any discussion about an informal settlement with the owner.

5. Immediately seek medical treatment and follow the doctor's treatment plan to the letter. Even if you do not feel the injury is serious enough to warrant immediate medical attention, animal bites often result in infections, which may take days or weeks to develop.

6. DO NOT post any information about the attack or your injuries on social media.

7. If the pet owner contacts you at home, DO NOT engage in a discussion about the incident or your injuries.

8. Schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer who focuses on dog bite and animal attack injuries. These types of cases are unique and require knowledge of the process.

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