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San Francisco Dog Bite Lawyer

Helping victims of animal attacks in the Bay Area recover compensation for injuries and disfigurement

Dog bites and other animal attacks are frightening experiences that can cause serious physical injuries and result in ongoing emotional distress. Small children are particularly susceptible to dog attacks and are likely to suffer severe injuries. If you or your children were bitten by a dog or attacked by another animal, our San Francisco dog bite lawyers at the Law Office of Michael and Michelle Mandel may be able to help you recover compensation for the harm done to you.

Strict liability for dog bites in California

Under California law, owners of dogs and other animals are strictly liable for injuries suffered by people who are bitten or attacked by their animals while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, such as the home or yard of the owner. The animal’s owner owes a duty to mail carriers, delivery people, police officers, guests and anyone else who has express or implied permission of the owner or a legal duty to be on the property. An owner is strictly liable for a dog attack or animal attack regardless of whether the animal has acted viciously before or whether the owner was negligent.

San Francisco Zoo attack

Unlike dog owners, employers such as zoos generally must be found negligent to be liable for personal injuries suffered by their employees. Negligence includes failing to install adequate safeguards against dangers such as animal attacks. For example, we represented an employee at the San Francisco Zoo who was attacked by a Siberian tiger and injured due to an unsafe condition of the tiger cage. The zookeeper underwent multiple surgeries and skin grafts, but the attack left her right arm permanently impaired, scarred and disfigured. Our attorneys were able to obtain a confidential settlement on her behalf.

Injuries caused by dog bites and animal attacks

Using more than 50 years of combined legal expertise and litigation skills, we help clients recover compensation for dog bite and animal attack injuries, including:

  • Tissue and muscle damage
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Impairment
  • Infections

Compensation for dog bite and animal attack injuries

By aggressively pursuing litigation and settlement negotiations, our attorneys help animal and dog attack victims obtain fair compensation for damages:

  • Emergency room costs
  • Hospitalization
  • Medical treatment
  • Plastic surgery
  • Treatment for psychological and emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Seek assistance from an attorney with a record of success

At the Law Office of Michael and Michelle Mandel, we have the experience and skill to help clients obtain compensation for injuries sustained in an animal or dog attack in the Bay Area — and we have the record of success to prove it. To learn more about our services, contact us online or call us at 415.626.5400 for a free initial consultation.

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Law Office of Michael & Michelle Mandel
1438 Market Street
San Francisco, California, 94102 USA
415.626.5400