Dog Bite Injuries


While dogs have come to be known as “man’s best friend,” even the most well trained canines can be unpredictable and capable of attacking humans. The Centers for Disease Control reports an average of 4.5 million dog related injuries each year, the majority of which occur in California. More often than not, these injuries require medical attention, and can include lacerations, infections, disfigurement and scarring, rabies, and tetanus.

According to California law, dog owners are legally liable if their pet bites someone in a public area, or in a private residence if entry was authorized at the time of the attack. Additionally, the law does not protect dog owners who had no prior knowledge of their pet’s aggressive behavior, meaning that they can still be held liable even if the attack was an isolated or first time occurrence. 

If you are bitten by an aggressive dog, we recommend you take the following actions:

  • Seek medical treatment as soon as possible – This can minimize the impact of your injuries, as well as strengthen the viability of your case should you choose to seek legal action.
  • Identify the dog and its’ owner – Exchange contact information with the owner as well as any witnesses to the attack.
  • Take pictures – Take pictures of the animal, scene of the attack, and your injuries.
  • Report the attack – Report the attack to the authorities, whether that be animal control or the police.

If you or someone you love has been bitten by an aggressive dog, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement for your pain and suffering.