If you have been the victim of an animal attack, contact our Stockton dog bite attorneys today to discuss your case.
Drivon, Turner & Waters
215 N San Joaquin St.
Stockton, California 95202
Attacks by dogs and other domestic animals are a major problem in the United States, particularly in California. Nearly 5 million people suffer dog bite injuries every year in the U.S., and of these, 800,000 require medical attention. California is ranked first in the country for the number of fatal bog bite attacks and has therefore imposed strict regulations regarding dog attacks and owner liability. At Drivon, Turner & Waters in Stockton, our dog bite attorneys are experienced with owner and premises liability claims. If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog or other domestic animal through the fault of its owner, our attorneys can investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and help you obtain damages for any personal injury or wrongful death that has occurred. Dog bite victims are usually eligible for both compensatory and punitive damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional trauma.
California imposes strict regulations when it comes to domestic animal attacks. Civil Code §3342 states that a dog’s owner is liable for any dog bite injuries sustained by another person, regardless of whether the dog is in a public place or on the owner’s private property, and whether or not the dog has ever bitten anyone before. This premise is known as “strict liability,” meaning that owners are automatically responsible for their dog's behavior in almost every case. There are certain instances in which the owner may claim immunity; for instance, police and military dog owners are usually exempt.
At our Stockton firm, our dog bite attorneys are well versed in the intricacies of California tort law, and have brought many animal attack claims to successful verdicts and settlements.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an animal attack, contact Drivon, Turner & Waters in Stockton. While discussing your dog bite claim, our attorneys will ask you to give the details surrounding your case, including the owner's name and contact information, the type of dog or other animal involved, and any other information you feel will be helpful in establishing your case. From there, our attorneys can begin to determine if the owner can be held liable for your pain, suffering, and financial losses.