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Santa Ana Animal Bites Attorneys

When you or a loved one is injured by an animal when lawfully on the property, whether in public or on private property, the owner of the animal may be liable for the damages linked to your injuries. Determining whether you have a claim requires a consideration of the unique facts and circumstances of your animal bite, and how the law and outcome of similar cases apply. The injuries associated with an animal bite can be long-term and life-altering, and receiving adequate compensation is essential for you and your family. 

For help with your animal bite claim, reach out to a Santa Ana animal bites attorney from the Law Offices of Benjamin Arsenian.

California Animal Bites Laws – Dog Bites

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), animal bites are the cause of about 1 percent of all emergency visits to the hospital in the United States each year. These injuries can include:

  • Superficial injuries
  • Disfiguring injuries
  • Fatal wounds 

The costs associated with these injuries can be substantial and include surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and mental health services to address the symptoms of the injury. 

Under California Civil Code Sec. 3342, the owner of “any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place”. This applies whether the person injured was in a public place, or lawfully in a private place. What this means is that if an individual is invited on a property, or has a legal right to be there as a guest, the owner of the dog is liable for any damages caused by the attack. This is regardless of whether the dog was known to be vicious, and regardless of the owner’s knowledge of prior incidents. 

Persons who are trespassing and do not have a lawful right to be on a property are not responsible for dog attacks. If you are a dog owner and a trespasser is pursuing damages against you, the Law Offices of Benjamin Arsenian can apply our experience to assist in your case. 

Connect with a Santa Ana Animal Bite Injury Attorney 

A local Santa Ana animal bite injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Benjamin Arsenian can help you gather evidence to assess your damages and then file your claim. The owner of the pet and their insurance company may be liable for the long-term, life-altering injuries that resulted from the animal attack. 

Your initial consultation is risk-free and cost-free, during which we just gather information about the incident, your injuries, and the parties involved. If we are able to take your case, we do so on contingency, which means that we only get paid if we win. You never have any out-of-pocket expenses, and we answer any questions you might have before getting started. 

To learn how we can help, give us a call at 714-400-2000, or contact us to schedule your initial consultation.