San Diego Dog Bite Attorney

Injured by a dog bite? We can help.

Over the last 25 years, Laureti & Associates, A.P.C. has helped countless victims of dog bites recover compensation for their injuries. Use the form below to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss your dog bite injury and create a legal strategy that will help you move forward from this traumatic experience.


Dog bite injuries can be extremely painful, resulting in chronic pain, emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement. Dog bites may also require emergency medical treatment and ongoing care, leading to expensive medical bills.

Contact San Diego dog bite attorney Anthony Laureti today to learn more about your rights to financial recovery under California law.

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Dog Bite related damages

If you have been injured by a dog bite, what are you entitled to?

If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage. You may also be eligible to collect punitive damages if the dog owner has been found responsible for prior dog bites, or if the dog owner’s behavior was outrageous in any way.

Dog Bite Claims

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PROVE to recover compensation for A dog bite?

To recover compensation for your dog bite injury, you must be able to prove:
  • The defendant owned the dog

  • You were bitten by the dog

  • You were lawfully on the premises when the bite occurred

  • The dog bite caused your injuries

Sources of recovery

will Home owners insurance cover a dog bite?

In California, the owner of a dog that bites another person will be held strictly liable for the injured party’s damages. In other words, if you are injured by a dog bite, the dog’s owner is automatically responsible for your injuries.

The general liability provision of the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance typically covers dog bites, unless the dog breed has been specifically excluded from the policy. Breeds excluded from homeowners insurance policies tend have aggressive tendencies. Regardless of your situation, we can help you receive compensation for your injuries.

Contact an experienced San Diego dog bite injury attorney

Dogs are beloved animals and are treated like family in millions of Californian homes, but sometimes dogs can become agitated and exhibit aggressive behavior. Under some circumstances, dogs may even bite.

San Diego dog bite attorney Anthony Laureti has many years of experience helping San Diego dog bite victims recover compensation for their injuries. In our care, we will help you prove all elements of your lawful claim and seek out all sources of financial recovery, ensuring that you receive compensation for your dog bite injuries.

Contact the experienced San Diego dog bite attorneys at Laureti & Associates, A.P.C. today using the form below to schedule a free consultation.

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Dog Bite Injury FAQs

What are the Basics of California Dog Bite Laws?

In California, the law holds dog owners strictly liable for any injuries their dogs cause, regardless of the animal's past behavior. This means that if a dog bites someone, the owner or their insurer is typically responsible for covering the victim's medical expenses, compensating for pain and suffering, and addressing other damages resulting from the incident. Our experienced San Diego dog bite injury lawyers are well-versed in California law and can help ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

What are the 4 Elements of a Successful Dog Bite Injury Claim?
  • Ownership of the Dog: The first step in holding a negligent dog owner accountable is proving that they owned the dog in question. This can typically be demonstrated through documentation such as registration papers, veterinary records, or witness testimony.
  • Occurrence of the Bite: It must be clearly shown that you were bitten by the dog in question. Evidence such as medical records, photographs of the injury, or witness statements can help establish this fact.
  • Lawful Presence on the Premises: You must have been lawfully present on the property where the bite occurred. This means you were either invited onto the premises or had legal permission to be there, such as being a guest or conducting business.
  • Causation of Injuries: Finally, it must be demonstrated that the dog bite directly caused your injuries. Medical records detailing the extent of your injuries, and even expert testimony can help establish the link between the dog bite and your damages.

By meticulously gathering evidence and presenting a compelling case, our legal team can help you through your case and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

What Kinds of Compensation Can I Receive for Dog Bite Injuries?

After a dog bite incident, getting compensation for your injuries can help you to move on with your life, common damages may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for medical expenses incurred as a result of the dog bite, including emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation costs. This can also include future or continuing medical fees.
  • Lost Wages: Reimbursement for any income lost due to time taken off work for medical treatments, recovery, or disability resulting from the dog bite injury.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain, emotional distress, and psychological trauma endured as a result of the dog bite incident.
  • Disfigurement: Damages awarded for any permanent scarring or disfigurement caused by the dog bite, which may impact the victim's appearance and self-esteem.
  • Permanent Disability: Compensation for any long-term disabilities or impairments resulting from the dog bite injury, which may affect the victim's ability to perform daily activities or work.
  • Legal Fees: Compensation for the costs associated with hiring legal representation to pursue compensation for the dog bite injuries, including attorney's fees and court costs.
  • Other Damages: Additional compensation for any other losses or damages suffered as a result of the dog bite incident, such as loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, or emotional distress.
Why Should I Choose Laureti & Associates?

Our skilled team at Laureti & Associates will work diligently to build a strong case and pursue maximum compensation for your dog bite injuries. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a dog bite can take, and we are committed to fighting for your rights and recovery.