Overcoming Relationship Challenges in Dog Attack Cases

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg contends that most people involved in dog attack cases fail to consider some challenges that are often present in dog attack cases. Because dog attack cases are “strict liability” and there is no “one fee bite” rule in California, it is easy to assume that dog attack cases present few challenges to the experienced personal injury practitioner. In fact, dog attack cases are never “easy” and not every personal injury lawyer is prepared to deal with those challenges.

Most dog attacks occur with dogs we are familiar with---a neighbor’s dog or a relative’s dog. So---a dog bite---make a claim. Not so fast. Most clients who seek counsel on dog attacks are not so prepared to sue or make a serious claim against their neighbor or relative.

This article provides a guideline for communicating with an otherwise friendly dog owner to enlist his or her help in streamling the claim process to the Homeowner Liability Insurance Carrier.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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