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We Are Here To Help You With Your Dog Bite Injury.

Dogs are not always man’s best friend. For various reasons, dogs can and do bite. Sometimes, these bites are minor and do not even break the skin, but other bites can be more severe, not only breaking the skin but causing severe disfigurement, muscle and nerve damage, and even broken bones. If you or your child suffered a dog bite requiring medical attention, you will want to reach out to a compassionate Santa Ana dog bite attorney to learn about your legal rights. You could be owed compensation for your injuries.

California Dog Bite Laws

Most states have laws that apply specifically to dog bite cases. As per California Civil Code § 3342 (2017), a dog owner is liable for damages to a victim if both of the following conditions apply:

  • The damages were caused by the dog bite
  • The dog bite occurred in a public location or in a private location that the victim had a legal right to be

In some states, a dog causing other injuries also falls under their dog bite laws. For example, if a dog caused someone to fall and suffer injury. However, in California, the dog bite laws apply strictly to dog bites alone. It is also of note that this statute includes an exemption for dog bite injuries caused by dogs who are carrying out police or military work at the time of the bite.

When it comes to dog bites, California is a strict liability state. Strict liability means that the dog owner cannot use the defense that they had no idea their dog would bite or act aggressively. No matter the dog’s past behavior, the dog owner is still liable. With the help of a well-versed dog bite attorney in Santa Ana, the plaintiff need only prove that they were legally allowed to be present where the dog bite occurred. They do not need to show that the dog owner knew the dog could potentially bite someone or that the owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent the bite. However, if the plaintiff in a dog bite case was trespassing when the dog bit them, they will not be able to collect damages.

Dog Bite Case Filing Deadlines

If you were bitten by a dog and want to seek financial damages, you will need to file your case within the statute of limitations, which is two years of the date of your injury. It is best to contact a Santa Ana dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. Waiting past this deadline will make any legal claims you have unenforceable, and you could miss out on receiving compensation for your pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, and medical bills.

Call our Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer in Santa Ana

You should not have to suffer damages from a dog bite, but if you are, our knowledgeable and passionate legal team is here to help. At Hess & Nghiem, we are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our Santa Ana California office at (657) 333-5726 or use our online contact form today to schedule your free case consultation.

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    I was referred to Phil and Ed by a good friend after my two prior lawyers dropped the ball on my case. I was viciously assaulted at a bar. Phil and Ed took my case on and it was night and day. They stood up for me and kept in regular contact. I never had to guess what was going on with my case. They conducted a thorough investigation and collected crucial evidence that helped prove my case. Initially, the bar refused to take responsibility but eventually the bar relented after the job Phil and Ed did. Ultimately, the case resolved favorably for much more than I expected. Thanks so much again Phil an Ed!

    Rudy G.
    Bar Assault
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    Not backing down, Phil and Ed pressed forward and never once compromised our position. After the insurance company kept increasing their offer and wanting us to negotiate, Phil and Ed refused to relent and accept anything less than what we initially asked. Basically, their response each time to the insurance company was pay our original demand or we are going to trial. It worked! Eventually, after bidding against themselves, the insurance company finally offered to pay the original amount we wanted. I couldn’t be more impressed with the way Phil and Ed handled my case. They really stood up for me and took on a case that was by no means a simple one. Thanks again fellas!

    Mark W.
    Personal Injury
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    I can’t say enough great things about Phil Nghiem. He was on my case from the minute I called him. He got things handled from day one immediately and made me feel supported and taken care of. His office staff was the same way, replied to every email immediately and addressed all of my concerns. I got into a car accident and called him, and I am SO GLAD I did. He got me the compensation I was entitled to and fought for me and my well being the whole way through. He took are of everything so that I just had to worry about getting my health back. He and his staff really care about YOU and do not treat you like another name in the book. They help you step by step and always keep you in the loop. I can’t thank him enough for helping me through this excruciating ordeal.

    Kahiwalani M.
    Personal Injury
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    I’d like to start off by saying that Phil is incredibly passionate about what he does, he’s very kind-hearted, and he genuinely cares for his clients. I was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was fleeing from the police in a stolen vehicle with no insurance. Given the circumstances of my car accident, Phil was able to negotiate an incredible sum to be paid out by my insurance. It made my day when he was able to share the news. Most attorneys would have settled earlier in the case for significantly less. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and the end of my investigation was a success. Thank you again Phil, I am eternally grateful for everything that you’ve done for me.

    PS. Phil’s office is quite the drive for me, but he’s very accommodating and we managed to make things work with EASE. So don’t hesitate to contact him regardless of where you’re from because he’ll take care of you.

    Shawn N.
    Car Accident
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    I was involved in a rear end accident and was referred to Phil from my chiropractor. Honestly I was nervous to take on an attorney because I was already overwhelmed by everything involving the accident but Phil really put me at ease. He took the time to explain things to me in a way I could understand and wasn’t pushy at all for me to hire him. I’m really glad I chose Phil because I literally didn’t have to worry about anything after that meeting. He set me up with one of his associates named Bri and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had questions. On top of that they worked hard to reduce my other fees and got me a nice settlement too! I’m thankful for all the help they provided and will definitely use them again if I ever need it.

    Yen P.
    Car Accident
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    I’m so glad I hired Phil to help me after my car crash. My car was totaled after a driver ran a red light and struck me. For days, I didn’t have a car to get to work and school. Finally, I decided to hire an attorney and eventually found Phil. He immediately got to work. My accident happened at an intersection where there was a restaurant. Phil personally went out to the restaurant and obtained video footage that captured the crash showing that I was not at-fault. I couldn’t believe that he actually did this. He then helped me get into a rental and get medical treatment. I am completely satisfied with Phil. He truly went above and beyond to get me through this difficult time in my life.

    Richard B.
    Car Crash

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