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Established Santa Barbara Personal Injury Attorneys for Dog Bites

Holding dog owners liable for harm done by their pets

Dogs bring a great deal of joy to people’s lives. They’re companions, helpmates and guardians. But as much as we in America appreciate our dogs, we cannot overlook the destructive potential of “man’s best friend.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, dogs bite 4.7 million people in the United States annually. More than 800,000 dog bite victims seek medical attention. Of these, about 386,000 require emergency treatment and approximately 16 die. Half the people bitten are children, with young children often sustaining injuries to the head and neck. Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP provides prompt, professional and effective legal representation for victims of dog bites in and around Santa Barbara. For more than 40 years, we’ve helped dog bite victims recover monetary damages for attacks resulting in:

  • Amputations
  • Avulsions
  • Cellulitis/infection
  • Contusions/abrasions/hematomas
  • Crushed limbs or extremities
  • Disfigurement
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Puncture wounds
  • Shock-related injury
  • Wrongful death

California dog bite law favors innocent victims

Though it’s the state with the most dog bites annually, California maintains strict standards of liability for dog owners. According to the California dog bite statute:

“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP acts quickly to establish the necessary elements of your case. We promptly identify the offending dog and its owner. We obtain statements from witnesses regarding the place and the circumstances of the attack to firmly establish your lawful presence and eliminate claims of contributory negligence in your encounter with the dog. We research the dog’s history to see if the owner’s lack of response to prior attacks could amount to egregious behavior that warrants punitive damages.  We make a compelling case for your right to recover:

  • Economic damages — Costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost income, reconstructive surgery, scar revision surgery, psychological therapy, etc.
  • Noneconomic damages — Amounts to compensate for pain, suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, trauma, diminished quality of life, etc.

Contact Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP today for a free consultation and case evaluation

Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP accepts dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront legal fees. To schedule an appointment, call us at 805.259.3581 or contact our Santa Barbara office online.