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Irvine Dog Bite Attorney

Understanding California’s Strict Liability Law

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
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Why Choose Alpine Law Group?

  • Don’t Waste Time With Other Firms

    We have taken cases that other attorneys have rejected or dropped, then recovered the maximum amount.

  • Fearless Advocacy

    We move quickly and aren't afraid to go to trial to maximize the compensation you deserve. That is why insurance companies pay our clients quickly, including a $3 Million settlement in 11 business days and a $1 million settlement in 30 days.

  • Work With An Attorney, Not A "Case Manager"

    The Managing Partner handles your case from beginning to end and is your main point of contact. You are not a case file to be passed off from person to person unlike at many other firms.

  • No Fees Until We Win

    Don't worry: we charge no up-front costs and we only get paid if we get you money for your case.

  • Hands-On Approach

    Our secret to success lies in our accessibility, consistent communication & client-centered VIP attention.

  • Confidential Second Opinions

    We offer zero-obligation, confidential second opinions for those who have a pending injury case.