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Every day in the United States, almost 1,000 individuals require emergency care for severe dog bite injuries, with over 12,000 hospitalizations annually. A dog attack can result in life-changing and serious injuries, mainly when the victim is a child. It can cause severe physical and emotional damage.


On top of reparative surgery, the injured person may require scar revision surgery or treatment. Some may need counseling to cope with the trauma from the dog attack. Too often, dog bite victims are left with medical bills and no way to pay them.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you might not know where to find help.

We understand how traumatic a dog bite can be. Frantz Law Group is a law firm dedicated to helping victims of negligence rebuild their lives. Our dog bite lawyers in California are experienced, highly knowledgeable in California law, and determined to seek the best possible result for every client.

Call our San Diego dog bite attorney at (855) 735-5945 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.

Our Dog Bite Attorneys Represent Dog Bite Victims Throughout California

Medical Care and Compensation is Needed for Dog Attack Victims

Frantz Law Group understands that a traumatic dog attack can have serious consequences for victims—from light bruising to severe injuries (one to multiple punctured holes in one bite), or worse, wrongful death.


Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that more than 4.5 million Americans suffer from dog bites each year, approximately half of whom are children.


California recorded the second-highest number of animal attacks in the country, leaving hundreds of people seeking medical treatment for injuries. 


Victims of a dog attack may require emergency medical attention, reparative surgery, cosmetic surgery, and psychological counseling services to recover fully. In addition to these expenses, the victims may also be forced to miss work and suffer from lost wages.

Emergency Care

Emergency treatment for canine-inflicted injuries can include wound closures such as sutures or staples, antibiotics, tetanus shots, pain medication, and rabies vaccinations.

Reparative Surgery

Depending on the severity of the injury, reparative surgery might be necessary to restore function or repair disfigurement caused by the bite. This could include reconstructive surgery such as skin grafts or even amputation if necessary.

Cosmetic Surgery

Some dog bite victims might require plastic surgery to minimize the appearance of scarring or other aesthetic damage. 

Psychological Counseling Services

Dog attack victims often need counseling to process their trauma and heal mentally. They must receive proper care to mitigate any long-term effects of this traumatic event. Relatives might also need psychological counseling if their loved one dies from the dog attack or if they witnessed it.


Victims should have legal representation to seek fair compensation for their medical bills and physical and mental anguish.

Frantz Law Group is dedicated to representing individuals injured by dangerous dogs throughout California. Our dog bite and personal injury lawyers will help you seek the support you need throughout the process. We will provide expert legal guidance in a dog bite lawsuit or during your battle with insurance companies for rightful compensation.

Seek Full Compensation for Economic and Non-economic Losses

Dog bite victims often face a long road to recovery—the costs of which can be devastatingly high. Unfortunately, dog bite victims in the US face at least $400 million in medical costs each year.


If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog bite in California, you should hire an experienced legal professional who will fight passionately on your behalf and help you seek appropriate compensation for the economic losses caused by the dog attack, including lost wages, medical expenses, and more.


At Frantz Law Group our attorneys have helped many clients receive justice and compensation for all economic and non-economic losses. Any recovery depends on the particular facts of the case.

Medical Costs

Medical costs associated with a dog bite can be significant and may include hospital stays, medical treatments, medication, rehabilitation services, and more.


At Frantz Law Group, our attorneys will seek to have the responsible party pay all medical expenses.

Lost Income

Victims may experience lost wages due to time spent away from work while recovering from an attack.


Victims of these attacks may no longer be able to work due to their injuries, or they may not be able to work as much as they did before the attack. This means they lose out on potential wages and can also suffer a decrease in their ability to save for retirement or pay off debt.

Lost income is one of the most serious types of economic loss from an animal attack. Depending on how severe the injury is and how long it takes for the victim to heal, they could permanently lose out on future wages.


The team at Frantz Law Group will work hard to seek to recover any income lost due to the incident and seek the most from the personal injury claim.

Pain and Suffering

Dog bite victims often experience pain and suffering due to physical and emotional trauma caused by the attack. These losses can be difficult to quantify but are real and deserving of full compensation.


Victims unable to work after an animal attack might qualify for higher economic and non-economic damages than those who can regularly keep working post-injury. This is because it’s more difficult for those individuals to cope with their daily life while dealing with substantial pain and limitations on movement due to their injury.


As such, being able to provide evidence of lost income can help bolster claims for non-economic damages in these cases. 


Beyond monetary compensation related directly to lost income due medical bills and other treatments associated with a dog bite injury, victims may also be entitled to compensation for psychological issues such as trauma, anxiety, PTSD, and depression—common results of dog attacks, especially among children. 

FAQs Regarding Dog Bite Claims

What is a “dog bite injury” and what can you claim for it?

A dog bite injury is an injury caused by a dog bite, ranging from minor to severe, even wrongful death.

Dog bites can cause serious physical and psychological harm, such as lacerations, broken bones, scarring, infection, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even if the injury is minor, you may still be eligible to file a claim.

Dog bite victims often incur medical costs for hospitalizations, treatments, medication, and rehabilitation services. They also suffer from lost wages due to time spent away from work recovering from their injuries and pain and suffering.

What is my dog bite claim worth?

This is a question we are frequently asked in personal injury cases. Each case is different, so there is no single answer to this question. At the outset of your case, we can give you some indication as to what you feel you might be able to receive, but this answer will not be definitive.

Dog bite claims can be worth a lot of money, depending on how severe the injury is. Victims may be able to recover money for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

As the legal process moves forward, we will better understand the extent of your injuries and their effect on your life.

What are the laws in California regarding dog bite injuries?

Dog bite injuries can be incredibly severe and have life-altering consequences for the victim. In California, victims of dog bites may be able to recover damages if someone else’s animal caused the injury.

Under California dog bite laws, the owner is potentially liable for all injuries and property damage caused by their animal. The state’s leash laws include situations where the victim was bitten publicly or lawfully on private property. Even if the dog had not attacked anyone before, the owner of the dog might still be liable for the damages caused.

The team at Frantz Law Group can help you understand your legal options and file a lawsuit. We are experienced in handling dog bite cases and will work hard to seek compensation from the dog owner’s insurance company or the dog owner directly.

How do you prove a case with a dog bite lawyer?

When filing a dog bite injury claim, it is important to provide evidence of lost income, medical expenses related to the injury, and pain and suffering. Dog bite claims can be worth a significant amount depending on the extent of the injury incurred, such as lacerations, broken bones, scarring, infection, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dog owners must take responsibility to make sure that their pets don’t harm anyone in public places. If it does, then they are potentially liable in most states, especially if their pet has previously attacked someone or is known to be aggressive.

In some cases, multiple parties like the business owner, dog owner, and property owner can be held liable for a dog attack. It all depends on the circumstances of the attack and the dog.

The attorney-client relationship with Frantz Law Group will allow you to gather evidence on your behalf to seek to prove the dog owner’s liability and the severity of your injuries. This may include medical records or bills, photographs or video footage of the incident, witness testimony, and other documentation that serves as proof of your losses.

What are some of the defenses you may face in a dog bite claim?

Dog provocation is one of the most common defenses, or when someone deliberately provokes or harasses the animal, which then bites in self-defense.

A defendant can also say that the victim trespassed if they can prove that the bite occurred while an unauthorized person was on their property.

While oftentimes a gray area, assumption of the risk is another common defense. This means that despite the plaintiff knowing the risks in being around animals, they still chose to go closer, such as in a dog park or when rescuing a stray dog.

Some defendants may also attempt to pass their dogs off as service animals—making them not liable for any damages caused in the biting incident. 

Plaintiffs must back up their claims with evidence such as medical records or other proof that no legitimate need existed for the defendant to have a service dog. The animal attack lawyer can help establish this in court or during settlements.

Get a Free Consultation with Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers Today

Animal attack victims—including those involving dog bites—must ensure that economic and non-economic losses are accurately calculated before negotiating a settlement.

An experienced personal injury attorney like those at Frantz Law Group will have your best interests at the forefront when providing legal advice and evaluating your case. They will seek a fair and appropriate amount for damages caused by your dog bite injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or attack, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation.

We’re passionate about protecting the legal rights of personal injury victims across California. Let us help you take control of your case!

To learn how we can help you, contact Frantz Law Group today for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer in San Diego.



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