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Monterey Dog Bite Lawyers

Suffering From a Dog Bite? Being the victim of a dog attack or bite can be very traumatic. These dog attacks can often involve children. You or your loved one may have large medical bills, pain, and emotional trauma. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog or another animal, you may be able to make a claim against the dog or animal owner and their insurance company.

The Monterey dog bite lawyers at Silva Injury Law, Inc. have experience handling dog attack and dog bite cases. Typically, these cases are covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. Our firm is skilled at getting the facts and holding the responsible party and their insurance company accountable for your damages.

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Potential Damages that Can be Recovered in a Dog Bite Injury in California:

You can recover the following types of damages, if you were injured in a dog attack that occurred due to someone else’s negligence.

  • Damages for past and future medical bills
  • Damages for lost wages
  • Damages for future lost wages, if the injury happens to be permanent
  • Damages for pain and suffering

While no amount of money will ever make up for the traumatic experience after a serious dog bite or animal attack injury, filing a claim for damages can help ease some of the worry and stress. Our Monterey dog attack lawyers know what information to gather and how to navigate negotiations with the insurance companies to achieve a favorable outcome for you. Call 209-316-3502 or contact the Monterey dog bite attorneys at Silva Injury Law today to have your questions answered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do If I Have Been Bit by a Dog?

First and foremost, seek medical attention if a dog has bitten you or a loved one. Next, take the following steps:

  • Document your injury by taking pictures;
  • Speak with any witnesses that saw the dog bite you;
  • Locate the dog owner and get their contact information;
  • If someone other than the dog owner was caring for it at the time of the attack, get their information as well; and
  • Report the attack to the local police or animal control.

Once you have taken those steps, contact a Monterey dog bite attorney. Since dog bite cases typically go through insurance, you will want to speak with an attorney who can prepare you for the insurance company’s questions and requests.

What Is California’s Law on Dog Attacks?

Under California law, a dog owner is liable for the damages caused by their dog if:

  • The damages were caused by a dog bite, and
  • The victim was in a public place or lawfully in a private place, such as a residence or commercial property.

Dog owners cannot escape liability by claiming that they did not know the dog would bite. This is known as strict liability.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

You have two years from the date of the dog attack to file a personal injury claim. If you miss the deadline, it is very unlikely you will be able to recover compensation.

Do I Have a Strong Case?

The strength of your case depends on whether you can prove the elements of the claim. Dog bites fall under personal injury claims, which require you to prove the following:

  • The dog owner you are suing (i.e. the defendant) owned the dog at the time of the attack;
  • The victim was on public property or lawfully on private property when bitten by the dog; and
  • The dog bite caused injury to the victim.

To get a full understanding and discuss your case’s likelihood of success, contact the Monterey dog bite lawyer at Silva Injury Law.

Why Choose Silva Injury Law?

Our practice is guided by compassion for our clients. At Silva Injury Law, we pride ourselves in treating our clients like family, keeping your best interests at the forefront. We take our ethical obligations to our clients very seriously and will do what is right, not what is lucrative for us.


As a team of skilled advocates, we not only dig deep into the facts of your case, but we take the time to understand how you are handling the situation. When you choose Silva Injury Law, you have a team of legal professionals available to answer your questions and support you through this difficult time.

Our experienced legal team also handles other types of injury cases, including:

If you are the victim of an accident, whether it be an automobile crash or a dog bite, we can provide the legal support you need.

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Dog attacks are terrifying incidents that can have serious financial, physical, and emotional impacts. We can help. At Silva Injury Law, we do not charge any upfront costs. Your initial consultation with us is completely free and you only pay us if we win your case.


Contact us today to talk to one of our Monterey dog bite attorneys.

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