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Dog Bites

San Francisco Dog Bite Attorneys

Reliable Personal Injury Representation Since 1980

While dogs may be man’s best friend, they are still animals that can be unpredictable when provoked. For example, a woman was killed years ago when two unrestrained dogs attacked her in a hallway. When the dogs’ owners were convicted of second-degree murder, it was our San Francisco dog bite attorneys who represented the victim’s mother and successfully resolved a wrongful death civil lawsuit on her behalf.

At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, we make it our goal to help clients recover the compensation they need to account for these damages. Our attorneys have been highly rated by various firms and stand ready to litigate a premises liability claim on your behalf. If you or a loved one suffered injury from a dog bite, call our team for a free consultation about how to fight for compensation.

Call (415) 940-7176 now or contact us online to get started.

Understanding Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can be serious injuries that can cause disfigurement and permanent scarring. Skin grafts, plastic surgery, and long periods of rehabilitation may be required to heal physically, while counseling may be needed to address the psychological trauma.

Dog bites can result in the following damages:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Scarring
  • Tissue damage

Sadly, the majority of dog bite victims are children. Our firm is dedicated to holding dog owners, property owners, and other liable parties financially responsible for injuries caused by vicious dogs. We understand the laws pertaining to dog bites and utilize them on your behalf.

California & One Bite Rules

Some states throughout the U.S. have what are known as One Bite laws, meaning that pet owners with no prior knowledge of their dog’s aggressive tendencies can be forgiven for a first incident. California, however, does not abide by these laws. In this state, pet owners are responsible for any dog bites under their care.

Proving Liability in an Attack

While dog owners are responsible for their pets’ behavior, there are instances where they may not be liable for an attack. For example, if a person trespasses onto another’s private property and is attacked by a dog, they would not have a claim for damages. However, if you are a meter reader or mail delivery person who lawfully enters someone’s premises and is attacked there, you would likely have a claim.

California’s comparative fault laws also mean that your damage award will be reduced by any percentage you were at fault for the accident. You cannot, for example, provoke an attack and then receive 100 percent of the damage award.

Call Our Firm Today

Let us help you build a strong case to obtain the compensation you need for your recovery. Our San Francisco dog bite lawyers have helped our clients obtain millions of dollars in damage awards, and we are confident in our ability to protect your interests.

Some of Our Recent Successful Case Results

Child Injury from Neighbor’s Aggressive Dog

Jill D. v. Neighbor

Resolution: Confidential settlement

Lacrosse Coach Diane Whipple Mauled & Killed by Two Dogs

D.W. Dog Mauling in San Francisco

Resolution: Confidential settlement

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