Award-winning personal injury lawyer fighting for victims
of dog bites and animal attacks in California

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If you or a loved one suffered from a dog bite, the consequences can be tough, covering physical harm, emotional stress, and financial strain. This is where RTM Law comes in. We understand the impact of such injuries and are committed to securing the compensation you deserve.


Liability for dog bite attacks might be shared by the animal’s owner and other parties. Our team will thoroughly investigate your case to identify all liable parties, collect evidence of negligence and fault, and ensure you receive rightful compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, or other losses resulting from the animal attack.


At RTM Law, we’re more than just lawyers; we’re dedicated to helping victims of personal injury get the best medical care and highest compensation possible. Our proven track record is a reflection of our dedication and success. Call our California dog bite attorney today for a free case review.

Types of Injuries from
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

  • ✔ Puncture Wounds
  • ✔ Cuts and Lacerations
  • ✔ Bruising and Contusions
  • ✔ Bone Fractures and Breaks
  • ✔ Infections (like Rabies and Tetanus)
  • ✔ Scarring and Disfigurement
  • ✔ Nerve Damage
  • ✔ Psychological Impact (including Fear and PTSD)
  • ✔ Fatalities (in extreme instances)

Defining Animal Bite Cases in Personal Injury

Defining a dog bite in the context of personal injury involves a few key elements:

Physical Injury

The most apparent aspect is the physical harm caused by a dog’s bite. This can range from minor scratches to severe wounds.

Unprovoked Attack

Typically, for a bite to be considered in a personal injury case, the dog must have bitten without provocation. This means the person bitten did not tease, harm, or threaten the dog prior to the attack.

Owner’s Liability

The owner’s responsibility is a crucial factor. Depending on local laws, owners might be strictly liable for their dog’s behavior, meaning they are responsible for any harm the dog causes, regardless of the dog’s previous behavior.

Location of the Incident

Where the bite occurred can also play a role. For instance, if the bite happened on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property, the owner may be more likely to be held liable.

Emotional and Psychological Impact

In addition to physical injuries, dog bites can cause significant emotional and psychological distress, which can be included in personal injury claims.

Legal Considerations

Various jurisdictions have different laws regarding dog bites, including “one-bite” rules or strict liability statutes, which influence how personal injury claims are evaluated and processed.

Understanding these elements is crucial when considering a personal injury case related to a dog bite. Each case is unique and the specific circumstances will determine the legal approach and potential outcomes.



Why Choose RTM Law for
Your Dog Bite Claim?

Outstanding Dog Bite Injury Attorneys

Our team consists of expert dog bite injury lawyers, proficient in California’s personal injury law. We leverage years of experience to adeptly manage even the most complex animal bite cases with care and precision.

Personalized Client Focus

At our dog bite injury law firm, we design legal strategies tailored to each client’s unique situation. We ensure your specific concerns and needs are central to your case.

Impressive Success in Settlements

Our California dog bite lawyer has consistently achieved multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for dog bite victims, ensuring both financial security and peace of mind for our clients.

California Dog Bite Laws

Dog bite statutes adhere to the strict liability rule in California. This holds a dog’s owner accountable for any harm caused by their dog biting someone in a public area or someone legally on private property, irrespective of the dog’s prior behavior or the owner’s awareness of such behavior.


Under these laws, a dog bite doesn’t need to break the skin to be considered harmful. The California Civil Code states that owners can be liable for injuries caused by their dog, even if the skin isn’t broken.


In the event of a dog bite or attack, California law mandates that the animal be quarantined for a minimum of ten days. This can be done at the owner’s home or a county animal facility, ensuring public safety.


It’s important to note that these regulations apply only if the victim was in a public place or legally on private property, including the property of the dog owner, at the time of the incident.



Handling California Dog Bite Cases:
Our Legal Approach

Comprehensive Case Review

Your first step is a free, no-obligation consultation with our California dog bite lawyer. During this key meeting, we’ll conduct a detailed review of your case and offer a candid assessment of your legal options.

Thorough Investigation and Evidence Collection

We commit ourselves to a meticulous investigation of your dog bite incident. Our combined team of legal and medical experts works tirelessly to gather all crucial evidence, ensuring we craft a strong and convincing case for you.

Skilled Negotiation and Representation

Our goal is to achieve a fair settlement outside of court, but we’re fully prepared to represent you in trial if necessary. Our expertise in negotiation and legal advocacy is at your service throughout this process.


Responsibility for Dog Attacks in California

In California, liability for dog bites and animal attacks often falls upon:

Dog Owner

In California, the owner of the dog is generally held accountable for their pet’s actions, regardless of the owner’s prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressive nature.

Custodian of the Dog

Responsibility may extend to someone other than the owner if they were in charge of the dog at the time of the incident. This includes dog walkers, pet sitters, or even acquaintances.


Real estate owners and managers in California may be liable if the attack occurred on their property and they were aware of the dog’s dangerous tendencies.

Parents of Minor Owners

If a minor owns the dog, their parents might be responsible for any harm or injuries caused on the dog attack victim.



Client Testimonials

Hear firsthand from our satisfied clients about their experiences working with our California accident lawyers.

Based on 66 reviews
Spencer Shields
Spencer Shields
I was extremely thrilled with Ramin. His work ethic and professionalism made me feel very comfortable during my case. His punctuation was great and he was personable to talk with. I would highly recommend him as solid representation. Thank you so much 😊
Kayla Neff
Kayla Neff
My experience with RTM LAW was very good! I got into a car accident and sustained bodily injuries, and they were very helpfully and commutative during the entire process. They are very nice people and I would absolutely recommend them to any of my family and friends.
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Lester Alvarez
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Wendy Diaz
Wendy Diaz
Highly recommend. Extremely satisfied with RTM Law and all the staff who helped in this case.
Michelle Manian
Michelle Manian
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Jeff Fayngor
Amazing law firm. We work with RTM law on multiple cases and can say with certainty they are a solid firm. They always treat our clients right and fight for whats right. They are a no nonsense type of firm. If you need a fighter in your corner call RTM
Ramin Amindari
Ramin Amindari
I recently had the pleasure of working with Ramin and RTM LAW for my traffic accident case, and I must say that I am beyond impressed with their exceptional skills, professionalism, and dedication. Their expertise in handling my case was nothing short of remarkable. From the very beginning, they patiently listened to my concerns, thoroughly assessed the details of my case, and provided me with clear and honest guidance throughout the entire process. All my injuries were addressed and taken care of promptly and professionally. They were incredibly responsive addressing all of my questions and concerns. I never felt left in the dark, as they kept me informed about every step and development. Their personalized approach made me feel like more than just a client; Rina was basically my personal assistant and would answer my call or email at anytime of the day when any minor or major question and issue arose. I felt supported and understood throughout the entire process. Ramin and RTM Law are outstanding attorneys who go above and beyond for their clients. Their expertise, professionalism, and dedication make them a true asset. If you find yourself in an auto collision and need a personal injury attorney, I wholeheartedly recommend reaching out to Ramin and RTM Law because they will provide you with the highest level of legal representation, support, and guidance.

Victim of an accident caused by someone else?

California Dog Bite Attorney: FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our personal injury law firm in California.

What should I do immediately after being bitten by a dog?

Seek medical attention immediately, report the bite to local animal control, document the incident and your injuries with photos, and gather contact information of witnesses. Then, consult a lawyer to help you file a dog bite injury claim.

How long do I have to file a dog bite lawsuit in California?

The statute of limitations in California is generally two years from the date of the bite. It’s essential to initiate legal action within this period to preserve your right to compensation.

Can I claim compensation for a dog bite on someone else’s property?

Yes, you can claim compensation if you were lawfully on the property when bitten. The property owner or tenant can be liable, especially if they knew the dog was dangerous.

What if a dog bites my child?

The same laws apply; however, special considerations are given to children’s cases. Parents or guardians can file a claim on behalf of the child, and courts often consider the greater trauma a dog attack can cause on younger victims.

How do California lawyers calculate damages on injuries caused by dog bites?

Damages are calculated based on medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any future medical treatment or psychological counseling required. Each case is unique, and a lawyer can help estimate the value of a claim.

How much compensation can I get if I file a claim or sue for a dog bite injury?

Dog bite injury compensation varies widely based on injury severity, incident details, and jurisdiction. On average, settlements range from $29,000 to $65,000 but can go as low as $15,000 or reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. In severe cases like level 5 injuries, settlements may even reach $1,500,000 to $8,000,000. Consult a California dog bite lawyer with experience handling dog bite cases to assess your potential claim value.

Will homeowner’s insurance cover claims by dog bite victims?

In many cases, homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog bite liabilities. However, coverage can vary based on the policy and the circumstances of the bite. It’s important to check the specific terms of the insurance policy and consult with a lawyer to understand how insurance may apply to your case.

What if the dog has never bitten anyone before?

In California, the owner can still be held liable even if the dog has no prior history of aggression or biting. The state’s strict liability law applies regardless of the dog’s previous behavior, focusing on the incident in question.

My child with Autism Spectrum Disorder was bitten by someone’s dog. Can your personal injury law group help?

Our Autism advocacy is personal. RTM Law is dedicated to fighting for individuals with ASD who have experienced dog bites. Our legal team understands the unique challenges that individuals with ASD may face in such situations. We prioritize their well-being, ensuring they receive the necessary care, support, and compensation. Read more about our autism advocacy.

We Help Accident Victims File a Personal Injury Claim in California

Our California personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury claims in several areas, including:

✔ Anaheim, CA
✔ Bakersfield, CA

✔ Buena Park, CA
✔ Chula Vista, CA
✔ Compton, CA
✔ Costa Mesa, CA
✔ Dana Point, CA
✔ Fountain Valley, CA
✔ Glendale, CA
✔ Huntington Beach, CA
✔ Inglewood, CA

✔ Irvine, CA
✔ Laguna Beach, CA

✔ Laguna Hills, CA
✔ Laguna Niguel, CA
✔ Long Beach, CA
✔ Los Angeles, CA
✔ Mission Viejo, CA
✔ Newport Beach, CA
✔ Orange County, CA
✔ Pasadena, CA
✔ Riverside, CA

✔ San Bernardino, CA
✔ San Clemente, CA

✔ San Diego, CA
✔ San Juan Capistrano, CA
✔ Santa Ana, CA
✔ Seal Beach, CA
✔ Torrance, CA
✔ Tustin, CA
✔ Visalia, CA

✔ Vista, CA
✔ Westminster, CA

Contact a California Dog Bite Lawyer. Free Case Review.

In the aftermath of a dog attack, you need more than just legal representation; you need a team that empathizes with the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you’re facing. With a history of securing substantial victories for our clients in the state of California, we are unrelenting in our commitment to champion your rights and ensure the justice and compensation you’re entitled to.


You don’t have to face this challenging period alone — RTM Law stands as your dependable ally.


Reach out to our California dog bite attorneys now at (949) 287-4342 or fill out our online contact form.