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Understanding California’s Strict Liability Law

Dog Snarling at Human Hands In California, dog owners are liable for injuries inflicted by their dogs even when they had no prior knowledge that the dog might bite or act aggressively. Even if a dog has no history of aggression, its owner is still responsible when the dog bites or otherwise harms another person. This is known as “strict liability.”

If you or your loved one was bitten by a dog and you believe the dog owner is responsible, contact Alpine Law Group right away. In California, you generally have two years from the date of injury to bring a claim against a dog owner. Our Irvine dog bite lawyer can help you take swift legal action aimed at securing the maximum compensation you are owed.


Contact us today at (800) 984-4123 for a free consultation. We have recovered more than $100 million for injured Californians; let us fight for you.


Dog Owner Liability: When Can They Be Held Liable for Dog Bite Injuries?

As previously mentioned, dog owners in California are subject to the rule of strict liability. However, this does not mean they are always liable for injuries inflicted by their animals.

A dog owner in California is liable for your damages when:

  • Your damages (such as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, etc.) were caused by their dog biting you
  • The dog bite occurred in a public place (such as a park or while out walking) or while you were legally on private property (at a restaurant, in a home, etc.)

In order to hold a dog owner liable, both of these conditions must be met. Due to the law of strict liability, you do not need to prove that the dog owner knew his/her dog might be aggressive or that the owner failed to take reasonable action to restrain the dog; you only need to prove that you were bitten while in a public place or lawfully on private property and that the bite led to your damages.

Complications in Dog Bite & Dog-Related Injury Claims

If you were injured, but not bitten, by a dog (for example, if a dog jumped on you, knocking you down and causing you to break your wrist), you will likely need to demonstrate that the dog owner failed to take reasonable action to restrain or control the dog.

Additionally, if you were trespassing on private property when the bite or injury occurred, the dog owner did not owe you a duty of care and, therefore, you will likely not be able to recover compensation for your damages.

If you were bitten or injured by a police, military, or working dog, you may have a difficult time recovering compensation, as the agency responsible for the dog may assert that the dog was simply carrying out its duties and/or that you provoked the dog, leading to the bite/attack.

Contact Alpine Law Group Today

Our firm can help you work to recover the full compensation you are owed. We understand just how frightening it is to be bitten or attacked by a dog. When the victim is a child (which, sadly, is the most common scenario), the consequences of a dog bite can be all the more devastating.

Our Irvine dog bite attorney is prepared to help you navigate the legal process. We focus on achieving swift, favorable settlements for our clients, but when this is not possible, we are not afraid to aggressively represent our clients in trial.


For a free, confidential consultation, call (800) 984-4123 or contact Alpine Law Group online.


Client Testimonials

Real Stories from Real People
  • “My father passed away from being hit by a car. We were told my father (the pedestrian) was 100% at fault. Alpine Law won our case in 8 days! No, not 8 years like most law firms but 8 days. We will forever be grateful for their hard work and compassion.”

    - Lisa S.
  • “I have 3 lawyers in my family and Arin surpassed all their expectations.”

    - Paul K.
  • “I have not been as fortunate ever in my life as I was the day I contacted Alpine Law Group. Prior to this case I had another attorney that I waited months and made several attempts for contact and was left hanging. This was not the case with Alpine Law.”

    - Lindsay D.
  • “I could not be happier with my experience, and I would highly recommend Arin and his firm. 5 stars all the way.”

    - Andrea W.
  • “Because of his extensive knowledge and hard work, we ended up winning both claims. Highly recommend! Thank you, Arin and Alpine Law.”

    - Jordan R.
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Verdicts & Settlements

The Proof is in the Pudding
  • Our client got more than 70 times the insurance company's "maximum" after a car accident resulting in neck injury $7 Million
  • Husband and Wife in Car Crash Resulting in Spinal Injuries $3.2 Million
  • Recovered $3 Million within 11 business DAYS of being hired for the family of a motorcyclist killed by a negligent truck driver $3 Million
  • Car Accident Resulting in Brain Injury $2 Million
  • Slip and Fall Resulting in Spinal Cord Injury $1.8 Million
  • Car Accident Resulting in Low Back Injury $1.3 Million
  • Car Accident Resulting in Back Injury $1.2 Million
  • Settlement for Widow Whose Husband Was Struck and Killed By Truck $1.2 Million
  • Within 28 days, we recovered $1 Million for a man who sustained a broken leg requiring surgery when a truck hit him $1 Million
  • Recovered $1 Million for a 85-year-old client who tripped and fell at her apartment complex & developed a subdural hematoma $1 Million
  • Family of 4 Hit by Semi Truck $965 Thousand
  • We sued contractors responsible for negligently installed carpet that caused our client to trip and fall on the job $574.5 Thousand
  • Trip and Fall at Hotel Resulting in Femur Fracture $540 Thousand
  • We obtained 2.5 times the insurance company's initial offer for a client needing lower back surgery after being hit by a truck $500 Thousand
  • Wrongful Death $500 Thousand
  • Husband and wife obtained the maximum from their own insurance company after being struck by a hit and run driver $500 Thousand
  • Mother and Two Children in Auto Accident $500 Thousand
  • Our client was rear-ended by an uninsured driver while on the job & we recovered more than his workers comp attorneys did $418.5 Thousand
  • Family of 4 in Car Accident $400 Thousand
  • Semi truck switched lanes into client, resulting in neck fusion surgery $400 Thousand
  • Slip and Fall Resulting in Brain Injury $400 Thousand
  • Recovered for our client who was T-Boned by a semi truck resulting in low back and hip injuries $400 Thousand
  • Slip and Fall at Supermarket Resulting in Knee Injury $360 Thousand
  • Semi truck switched lanes into client, resulting in low back rhizotomy surgery $325 Thousand
  • Recovered the maximum for our client after a head-on collision resulting in shoulder surgery $300 Thousand
  • Construction Equipment Injury Incident $300 Thousand
  • Recovered more than double the insurance company's offer for a mother & her children after they were hit by a drunk driver $298 Thousand
  • Neck Injury After Defendant Made Illegal Turn $295 Thousand
  • Pedestrian hit by a car suffered leg fracture and ankle fracture requiring surgery $275 Thousand
  • Recovered for our client who slipped & fell at a major Los Angeles mall, breaking her foot and requiring knee replacement $275 Thousand
  • Neck and Low Back Injury Due to DUI Driver $255 Thousand
  • Pedestrian Injury Resulting in Neck Injury $250 Thousand
  • Rear End Accident Resulting in Neck and Back Injuries $250 Thousand
  • Rear End Accident Resulting in Neck Injuries $250 Thousand
  • DUI Driver Causes Client Neck and Back Injuries $250 Thousand
  • Car Accident Resulting in Low Back Injury $250 Thousand
  • Recovered more than 2.5 the insurance company's initial offer for a client injured in a t-bone accident $250 Thousand
  • Recovered the maximum within 40 days for a motorcyclist hit by a car who required surgeries for fractures to his fingers & hands $250 Thousand
  • We recovered the driver's maximum insurance limit for a pedestrian who was hit while walking outside of a marked crosswalk $250 Thousand
  • We recovered the maximum from a driver's insurance company for a client deemed at fault for jaywalking $250 Thousand
  • Head on Accident Causes Neck and Shoulder Injuries $240 Thousand
  • Rear-End Accident Resulting in Neck and Back Injuries $230 Thousand
  • Client hit in the head by a chair being moved by a department store employee, claiming cognitive issues $225 Thousand
  • Driver Turned in Front of Client, Causing Neck Injury $220 Thousand
  • Client Struck Overturned Truck Resulting in Injuries $215 Thousand
  • Recovered 6 figures for brothers who lost their mother after she stepped in front of his car at the last moment $200 Thousand
  • Client was in a t-bone accident resulting in lamienctomy surgery $175 Thousand
  • Client hit by a hit and run driver resulting in neck injuries $175 Thousand
  • Recovered for an uninsured client who was rear-ended after another driver fell asleep at the wheel, resulting in neck injuries $175 Thousand
  • Rideshare driver struck our client who needed surgeries $160 Thousand
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Alpine Law Group Different?
  • No Fees Until We Win
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in CA 2018
  • Top 20 Trucking Accident Settlements in CA 2018
  • Top 20 Premises Liability Settlements in CA 2018
  • Work With An Attorney, Not A "Case Manager"
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  • Over $100 Million Recovered for Thousands of Clients
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Why Choose Alpine Law Group?

  • No Fees Until We Win
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in CA 2018
  • Top 20 Trucking Accident Settlements in CA 2018
  • Top 20 Premises Liability Settlements in CA 2018
  • Work With An Attorney, Not A "Case Manager"
  • Don’t Waste Time With Other Firms