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El Cajon
Dog Bite Attorney

Many Oakland residents enjoy spending time with their cherished pets, but dog bite injuries can have serious repercussions for both the sufferer and the dog's owner. If an animal or pet attacked you and bit, clawed, or otherwise hurt you, please let us know. To guarantee that you obtain the compensation you are entitled to, our dog bite attorneys in El Cajon CA are here to help. We are aware of the devastating consequences that a dog bite injury can have on a person. Call us for a free consultation to talk with one of our lawyers.

Our El Cajon dog bite lawyer can help you with your injury claim

Our dog bite attorneys can efficiently defend you in court and assist in determining if the owner's negligence contributed to the harm the dog caused. Victims have a right to recompense for their medical expenses, lost income, and other potential damages, including those that can cause them pain, suffering, emotional distress, scars, and other issues.

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California Civil Code Section 3342

Only a few states, including California, have laws that hold dog owners legally responsible for their pet's assaults or bites on people who are legally on private land or public property. In circumstances of first-time bites and even when the owner is unaware of the dog's propensity for violence, strict responsibility implies that the owner is entirely liable for the conduct of their dog. California Civil Code 3342 asserts that the owner is responsible “regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or owner’s knowledge of such viciousness”.

What If Another Dog Attacks Me?

Although it's uncommon, if another dog owner's dog assaults yours, you may be able to sue them. The dog bite regulations in California, however, prohibit lawsuits. You must file a property damage claim as California views dogs as property and treats them as such. A dog owner may be able to seek the expense of treating their dog's wounds through a property damage claim. We can assist since our skilled California dog bite attorneys are aware of the difficulties in cases like these.

What To Do After a Dog Bite

These are the first three things you need to do immediately after a dog bite attack.


Get Medical Treatment Immediately

Your health is the most important thing. Be sure to get access to the best doctors and treatment right away.

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Collect all the necessary evidence

Immediately preserve the evidence you’ll need to prove what happened to you: contact info, photos, insurance information and reports.

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Do your homework on your legal rights. Call an attorney.

Call attorney John Montevideo. Discuss your case with him directly, not an intake person or paralegal.

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John Michael Montevideo

John Michael Montevideo works tirelessly to help people like you. His practice is dedicated to carefully reviewing his clients’ stories and seeking to bring fulfill the justices wronging them. He is the Senior Trial Attorney and Founder of the Dog Bite Law Group.

Taking Immediate Legal Action

When an individual has experienced a dog bite and as a result, suffered harm, John Michael's practice promptly and efficiently protects their rights.

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We Can Help Build Your Case If You Have Been Hurt

California's Legal Defenses To Lawsuits

In California, the most typical defense to a dog bite injury case is to argue that the victim's misconduct directly or indirectly contributed to the assault. A pet owner could attempt to show, for instance, that you were infringing on their property when the incident occurred or that you incited the dog to bite you.

Another argument is that the dog was actively engaged in police or military activity at the time of the incident. If the dog helped a government agency employee catch a criminal suspect, investigate a crime, carry out a warrant, or protect the employee, then this defense could be admissible.

It should be noted that the dog owner's claim that a "Beware of Dog" sign was posted is ineffective. In most strict liability dog bite states, a notice alerting visitors to a dangerous dog is insufficient to protect a pet owner from responsibility. According to California law, the owner will be responsible for an assault even with a sign and even if the pet owner wasn't negligent.

Before leaving the site of a dog bite, take care to collect the owner's name, address, and phone number. Call 911 to get the police and an ambulance to the site if you've been gravely hurt. Before going to the doctor, capture the owner and the dog on camera. To capture the precise location of the event, it's also a good idea to take pictures of street signs. To make it simpler for your attorney to access your medical records, keep any papers you receive from healthcare professionals.

    Your lawyer will need to retain the services of experts who will help establish important facts vital to your case such as the severity of your injury, ownership of the dog, the identity of the dog, its link to your injury, negligence on the part of the owner and negligent entrustment to an unfit handler are something your lawyer will seek from other experts.

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Contact our El Cajon Dog Bite Attorney

Leash laws and other dog bite prevention measures in Oakland are intended to reduce the likelihood of dog attacks on unprepared people. Please feel free to get in touch with our law offices if you have any more legal inquiries. Every consultation for a dog bite injury claim is free and fully private.

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