Santa Rosa Personal Injury Attorneys
Serving Santa Rosa Accident Victims
3558 Round Barn Blvd Suite 200-4119
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Santa Rosa, just over 55 miles north of San Francisco, is a captivating city, pleasing residents and enticing tourists with its beautiful wine country, widespread farms, and astonishing redwood forests. The charm of its restaurants and small shops is well-known. Idyllic though it may sound, however, even Santa Rosa has its share of personal injuries due to traffic accidents, slip and falls, and even dog bites. As a matter of fact, residents of California have the unfortunate distinction of being tied with North Carolina for the most dog bite related fatalities in the United States.
If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog in Santa Rosa and believe that your injuries are the result of the dog owner’s negligence, once you have received appropriate medical care, your next move should be to contact J&Y Law personal injury attorneys. We have offices throughout California, one conveniently located at 3558 Round Barn Boulevard, Suite 200-4119 here in Santa Rosa, and a diverse, well-satisfied clientele. In spite of our large size and professional standing, we pride ourselves on connecting personally with each of our clients and on being compassionate as well as highly competent.
At J&Y Law, we cover all types of personal injury cases; dog bite injuries are just being used as an illustrative example. Other types of personal injury cases we handle include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Child abuse and neglect
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sexual assault
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful Death
Call on one or our experienced attorneys for efficient, caring service and the highest possible compensation if you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, as a result of the negligence of another. At J&Y Law we are committed to helping you receive the monetary compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, medical and/or funeral expenses, lost wages and projected future earnings.
California is known as a statutory strict liability state which means that the owner of a dog is strictly liable for any dog bite from the moment that ownership begins. Some exceptions to this rule apply, such as when the victim was:
- Provoking the dog
- Injured by his employer’s dog while working
- Performing a paid service involving the dog
- Engaged in a criminal act and being apprehended
- Protecting its owner or another person
It should be noted that the provocative statute does not apply when the victim under 5 years of age. Also, there are particular statutes under California that apply to a “potentially dangerous dog.” Such a dog is defined as having, during the past 3 years:
- Engaged in any behavior requiring defensive action to prevent injury
- Without provocation bitten an individual, causing severe injury
- Without provocation attacked another domesticated animal
Unlike many other states, California does not have a “one bite” law. The dog’s owner is liable for damages even the very first time the dog injures someone, whether the dog has ever demonstrated aggressive behavior previously or not. In situations in which mail delivery personnel are attacked, the owner is typically considered liable.
Why You Need J&Y Law at Your Side during a Dog Bite Case
The complexity of dog bite laws is one reason it is invaluable to have a personal injury attorney on your side when dealing with such a case. Another is that there are time constraints involved both in reporting the dog bite incident and in filing the lawsuit.
Surprisingly, the majority of victims injured by dogs are injured by dogs they know, even dogs belonging to family members. This is also a good reason to consult with an attorney who understands all aspects of the law and can help sort things out so that there is not undue stress on close human relationships because of an action taken by a pet.
If you or a family member has suffered any serious injury as a result of the negligence of another in the Santa Rosa area, you should contact J&Y Law personal injury practice where you are assured of being treated with kindness, professionalism and respect. J&Y Law’s excellent attorneys will fight vigorously for your rights to make sure you receive the highest possible compensation for your inconvenience, trauma, loss of wages, and present and/or future pain and disability. You can contact J&Y Law by using the convenient form on our website or by calling our Santa Rosa office at 707.388.3051.