Dog Attacks in the State of California | What You Should Know

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Dogs are often called “Man’s best friend,” but our furry companions are not always so friendly. When dogs attack, they can inflict serious injuries to innocent passersby. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Santa Clara County dog bite accident attorneys to learn what you should know about dog attacks in California.

Can you sue for dog attacks in California?

Yes, you can sue for a dog bite in California. As it turns out, in the Golden State, it does not matter whether or not the dog was known to be aggressive. The victim can sue for damages based on strict liability and violation of California statute. California does not have a “one bite rule,” but to be successful, the victim usually must prove that he or she did not provoke the dog and was not trespassing at the time of the attack. This is not a hard and fast rule, but it helps strengthen your claim.

What injuries might you sustain from dog attacks in California?

Dog attacks can lead to many types of different injuries and can vary in levels of severity. Nonetheless, some of the most common dog bite injuries include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Scars
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Face injuries

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, you would be well advised to reach out to one of our skilled Santa Clara County personal injury attorneys to discuss your next steps.

What can a Santa Clara County personal injury lawyer do for you?

First and foremost, a qualified legal professional will help collect, collate and present the necessary evidence in court. He or she will work to hold the responsible parties accountable, preferably without requiring you to step foot in court. If he or she can’t settle your case outside of court, he or she will help find the right venue for your trial. A seasoned legal representative will fight for both economic and non-economic damages, including, but not limited to, medical costs, lost wages due to time out of work, pain and suffering, emotional distress and punitive damages. The latter is rarely awarded, but your lawyer will argue for them anyway because it is important that the defendant or defendants are never responsible for another dog attack. Let us fight for you. Please give us a call today.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.