Williams & Javellana, LLP
Chico Dog Bite Lawyer
Being attacked by a dog can result in devastating injury. If you have been the victim of a dog bite or if a loved one has experienced this issue, it is important for you to contact the Williams & Javellana, LLP. We can discuss the laws that surround dog bites in the state of California and let you know what your legal rights are, so that you can be compensated for this type of injury. What can you expect when you have been bitten by a dog in California?
In most cases, California is going to follow what is known as a strict liability rule when examining any dog bite cases. In other words, the owner of the dog is going to be strictly liable for any injuries that may have been caused due to their animal biting you or your loved one even if they had acted in a reasonable manner. It is not possible for the dog owner to argue about fault, they are going to be responsible for any damages that have occurred as a result of their animal attacking you.
One of the benefits of the type of liability that is followed under California law is the fact that it relieves you, as the dog bite victim from having to prove the fact that they are liable. In that way, you do not need to show that the owner of the dog was negligent or careless in the way that they handled the animal. Regardless of the circumstances, California law prohibits an animal from biting any individual in a public place. In a private place, it is also illegal for a dog to bite someone. This law is in place to help protect you, as the victim and to keep the dog from becoming a hazard to the greater community.
Of course, as is the case with any legal action, there are going to be variations according to certain circumstances. Although the strict liability law means that the owner of the dog is responsible for your injuries and must provide due compensation, that is not always the case. For example, if you were bitten as a result of trespassing on the property where the dog resides, it may not be covered under this liability law. There may also be cases when a veterinarian may be able to rule that the dog is of a docile nature, which could affect your ability to recover funds and to be compensated for your injury.
Although it is likely that you will be covered if you have been bitten by a dog, you should never assume that every case is going to be identical to all others. Rather than trying to go through this difficult situation on your own, you can contact Williams & Javellana, LLP for assistance with the matter. We will review your case and help you to see what is possible in the way of compensation if you have been injured as a result of a dog bite.
Gold standard for professionalism and ethics. Extremely knowledgeable and proficient in handling complex cases. Attorney Javellana took painstaking hours building a civil case, (co-ownership/property rights) and then he presented overwhelming evidence at trial. Mr. Javellana was on point for 3 days at trial where he tactfully asserted a powerful presence in the courtroom and systematically picked apart the defendents and he was quick to respond to the dirty trickery of the defense attorney with undisputable legal arguments. As a result of Mr. Javellana's detailed and powerful representation, the opposing side had no chance. Mr. Javellana was extremely organized and detail oriented throughout. Mr. Javellana won the case across multiple points and most impressively he obtained a permanent injunction against the opposing party. Additionally, Mr. Javellana, represented me with two other cases where his professionalism and his relentless tactical drive continued with successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Javellana. J.M
California June 20, 2015