Dog Bite Claims in California | What to Know

If you have sustained injuries from a dog bite incident, continue reading to learn the steps you should take to recover the compensation you require to heal. If you require assistance with your upcoming claim, reach out to our personal injury attorney. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Brian O’Grady is prepared to assist you with your dog bite claim today. Here are some questions you may have:

What should I know about dog bite liability in California?

According to California Civil Code 3342(a), dog owners are liable for any damages sustained by their dog biting another person in public or on lawfully private property. Regardless of any vicious propensity and whether the owner knew that the dog has vicious tendencies, this holds true. However, this is only the case if the accident victim was lawfully on the property where the incident occurred. If the victim was trespassing, they may not have a case.

What steps should I take after being attacked by a dog?

Immediately following an attack by a dog, you must clean the wound and request medical assistance if necessary. The most common injuries sustained due to a dog attack include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage that is lasting
  • Torn skin
  • Damage to the tendons and muscle
  • Serious disfigurement and scarring

Being injured in a dog attack can be physically traumatic as well as psychologically traumatic. Immediately following your injury, seek medical attention and collect all documentation relating to your treatment. This can help document the facts of your case. If possible, collect information about the dog owner and the dog. Obtain the name and address of the dog’s owner, the breed of the dog, any history of aggression, the dog’s vaccination history, and more. Finally, collect any witnesses’ contact information.

What is the statute of limitations for dog bite accidents in California?

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim after a dog bite is generally two years in California. This means that you will need to file your claim within two years from the date of the incident. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. To get started with this process as soon as possible, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney a the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady. Our firm is prepared to assist you with your claim to recover the compensation you require to heal.


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.