Oakland Animal & Dog Bite Lawyer
People love their pets, and with good reason. Dogs and other domesticated animals provide companionship, protection, and affection. But when a pet owner fails to take reasonable precautions and their pet injures someone else, they must be held responsible for the injuries that their pet, and their own negligence, have caused. Dog bites and other animal attacks result in severe lacerations, blood loss, strained and torn muscles, limb amputation, brain trauma, and any number of other serious injuries. A particularly vicious dog can seriously injure someone.
The Oakland animal & dog bite lawyers at Venardi Zurada can help you recover after a dog or other animal attacks you or a loved one. Our dog bite legal team understands the difficulties in pursuing a dog bite or animal attack claim, and we will work with you to build your strongest case and pursue maximum recovery.
Dog Bites Injure Millions Every Year
If you were attacked and injured by a dog, you are not alone: There are approximately 4.7 million dog bite injuries in the United States each year. In 2015, about 28,000 people across the country suffered from such a severe attack that they required reconstructive surgery. Every year, over 330,000 dog bite victims need emergency care. Recovery after a dog bite or other animal attack is no easy task: The average cost for a dog-bite-related hospital stay is around $18,000. When you are facing high medical costs, a loss of earnings and other expenses because of a dog bite or other animal attack, you have the right to be compensated by the dog’s owner.
California’s Dog Bite Law
In Oakland and throughout California, dog owners are responsible if their dog bites and injures someone. California applies a standard of strict liability in dog attack cases, meaning that the animal’s owner bears responsibility for an attack. Unlike many other states, in California, a dog bite victim does not need to establish that a dog was already known to be dangerous or prove that the owner was negligent. Instead, the owner of a dog will be held strictly liable for damages if:
- The dog bites a person, causing injury; and
- The injured victim was in a public place or was lawfully in a private place.
There are several exceptions. People injured by police dogs, for example, cannot bring a claim under the statute. Additionally, dog owners can escape liability if the injured plaintiff was trespassing at the time of the bite, such as if they were breaking into the dog owner’s home. A dog owner may also limit or escape liability if they can show that the victim provoked the dog into attacking, or if the dog was reasonably defending its owner from assault.
California’s strict liability dog bite law only applies to injuries caused by bites. If a dog or another animal, for example, tackles a person to the ground and causes head trauma, different rules apply. The plaintiff would then have to prove that the owner was negligent. Negligence could be established by showing, for example, that the dog was known to be dangerous, or that the owner failed to take reasonable steps to secure the dog, such as by keeping the pet on a leash.
Call for Help After an Oakland Dog Bite or Animal Attack
If you or someone you care about has been injured by a dog bite or other animal attack in Oakland, act now to preserve your right to recovery. Speak with a knowledgeable and passionate Oakland dog bite lawyer at Venardi Zurada, LLP. Call 925-937-3900 or contact us online today for a free consultation. We operate on contingency fees for dog bite claims, which means that you will only pay us when we recover compensation for you.
You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland litigators:
We have served Northern California for over 35 years.
Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.
In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.
We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.
We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.
We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.
We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.
We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.
There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.
Dedicated Areas of Practice
We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:
Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.
Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.
The Sooner You Speak to an Attorney, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.
Contact the Oakland litigation attorneys at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 925-937-3900.