Personal Injuries from Animal Bites or Attacks


It is no secret that dogs are very popular here in San Diego. Many people — whether they be families in houses or couples in apartments — own a dog for fun and companionship. Most of the time, they are fun and loyal pets that bring their owners lots of joy. Unfortunately, some dogs are overly aggressive, untrained, and bite people. When a dog bite injury occurs, it is important not only to get medical assistance, but to seek legal assistance from a personal injury attorney who can recover damages for the injured party.

When it comes to damages, medical bills for physical injury may only be the tip of the iceberg that a dog bite injury can cause. Some injuries are so severe that the injured party may be unable to work in which case they can recover loss of employment wages. Dog bites can also leave the injured party disfigured — which itself can cause more pain, suffering, and mental anguish. If the dog bite occurs while on the job, there may be a valid claim for workers compensation. However severe the injury, an experienced attorney will be able to recover damages for the aggrieved party.

There are other things to consider in evaluating a dog bite injury claim. For example, who is the owner? The dog’s owner is likely the party who is legally responsible for the victim’s injuries. While most owners are caring and loving towards their pets, some are abusive and/or neglectful, leading to violent behavior. It is the owner’s responsibility to properly restrain their dog and keep them from attacking people. Other things to consider are the circumstances surrounding the incident. Was the injured party trespassing on the dog owner’s property when the dog bite occurred? Did the injured party provoke the dog? Had the dog showed violent or aggressive behavior in the past that the owner knew about? All of these are important questions to consider in evaluating a dog bite injury claim.


If you or someone you know has suffered from a dog bite, you may be entitled to damages from the dog’s owner. Contact the Law Offices of Steven Brian Davis for a free case evaluation.