San Bernardino Dog Bite Injury Attorney

Dogs are family pets and trusted companions in millions of American households. But they are also natural predators -- and sometimes, their predatory instincts can lead to a tragedy. According to research from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, attacks by dangerous dogs send 386,000 people to emergency rooms annually, resulting in 6,000 hospitalizations and 17 deaths each year. And according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vast majority of fatal dog bite victims are children.

When dogs attack, they can do serious damage to the human body. Large dogs, especially those from “worker” or “hunter” breeds, have very strong jaws that can rip and tear the flesh they reach. This can do serious damage to a human body, causing blood loss, broken bones, nerve damage, substantial loss of skin and sometimes organ damage. With child victims, dogs can reach their vulnerable heads and necks, allowing wrongful deaths, permanent disfigurement and other catastrophic injuries. Infection is also a possibility any time the dog’s teeth break the skin. And among children, a dog attack can cause severe emotional problems and sometimes a lifelong fear of dogs.

In San Bernardino County, dogs must be kept on a leash or other restraint whenever they are in public or on unenclosed private property. It is against the law for dog owners to allow their dogs to run loose, which can pose serious safety issues as well as contributing to a reduced quality of life. Loose dogs are substantially more likely to attack, especially in groups of two or more. Dogs caught running loose can be impounded by the county for 96 hours, and put to sleep if they are not reclaimed during that time. Allowing a dog to run loose can also leave its owner liable in a San Bernardino dog bite lawsuit.

If your family has suffered a serious injury from a dangerous dog, you should call a San Bernardino dog bite lawyer right away. In California, dog owners are strictly liable for their dogs’ attacks -- meaning that they can be held responsible even when the dog has never been violent before. Victims who were mauled in public or while they were lawfully in a private place (by invitation or to do a job) may file a Victorville dog bite lawsuit to recover past and future medical costs -- which can be substantial -- as well as compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering. Because dog bite claims are covered by homeowners’ insurance, victims can rest assured that they are not really suing a friend or neighbor -- they are suing that person’s insurance company.

Our law firm has more than 25 years of experience handling cases of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death in California. Our dog bite attorneys understand that our clients often come to us at a time of great strain and uncertainty. That’s why we negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to settle the vast majority of cases before trial. If we do have to go to court, we promise a complete and aggressive prosecution of your case. Our goal is to get our clients the best possible compensation for their injuries, allowing them to pay their medical costs and focus on healing.

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt by a dangerous dog, we would like to help. For a free, confidential consultation, please contact us online or call 1-800-753-6997. We have Los Angeles dog bite lawyers, Riverside dog bite attorneys, Orange County dog bite lawyers and Las Vegas dog bite attorneys.