Attorneys for Animal Bites, Attacks, & Maulings
East Bay Personal Injury Lawyers
California is considered to be a strict liability state with regard to
injuries caused by dog and animal bites. This means that, from the moment
that ownership begins, the dog's owner is held responsible for the
injuries under most circumstances.
At The Cardoza Law Offices, we have an extensive understanding of the legal,
financial, and personal challenges that are often involved in dog bite
and animal attack cases. Following your injuries, there will often be
costly expenses needed to cover medical care, physical rehabilitation,
and even plastic or reconstructive surgery. Our goal is to help you get
compensation as soon as possible so that you can focus on recovering and
returning to daily life.
Some of the notable cases that we have represented:
- The San Francisco dog mauling case in 2001, when a woman was attacked and
killed by two large dogs in her apartment complex hallway. We helped the
victim’s estate recover $1.5 million in damages through a wrongful
death suit against the dog owners.
- The San Francisco Zoo tiger mauling case in 2007, when a tiger jumped out
of its enclosure and killed a 17-year-old visitor, while wounding two
others. We successfully brought charges against the zoo for negligence,
wrongful death, and public nuisance.
What to Do Immediately Following an Attack
If you have suffered a dog bite or animal attack, immediately seek medical
treatment, including a vaccination against rabies. If possible, obtain
the contact information of the owner. If not possible, contact animal
control or law enforcement. When your urgent medical needs have been attended
to, be sure to note detailed evidence from the scene, including location,
photos, and even a description of the type of animal and breed. Finally,
contact our law firm in Walnut Creek and find out if you have legal cause
for a personal injury claim.
Call (925) 274-2900 for a
free initial consultation
to discuss your case with our experienced
Walnut Creek injury attorneys.