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The Insurance Information Institute shares that California is not only ranked number one in terms of dog bite claims but it also averages the highest dog bite settlements.

Obtaining such compensation is going to be much more achievable with experienced legal support on your side. And so, if you have suffered an injury as a result of a dog bite, we have a knowledgeable California dog bite accident lawyer here to help.

Why Consider Feher Law

Dog bites are not only serious injuries but are also terrifying events that can leave their victims with a debilitating fear of dogs. If you or someone you care about has been injured by a dog attack, the seasoned California personal injury lawyers at Feher Law recognize what’s at stake and are standing by to help. When you work with us, you can count on:  

  • Personalized legal attention that’s designed to address your unique legal needs
  • Expertise in California’s dog bite laws and how they apply to your case
  • Skilled litigators who are ready to take your case to trial if doing so better protects your rights – and your rightful compensation
  • Availability when you need it most 
  • Focused legal strategies that keep your claim moving smoothly forward

If someone else’s dog leaves you injured, we offer a free comprehensive case evaluation that can help you get a better handle on your case and a better understanding of how we can help.



Meet Your California Dog Bite Accident Attorneys

The experienced California dog bite attorneys at Feher Law have earned their reputation as fierce defenders of our clients’ rights, and we encourage you to reach out for the skilled legal representation that you need.

Hear From Our Clients

We work hard for our clients, and while our standing in the legal community is extremely rewarding, nothing compares to the pride we take in helping our clients overcome adversity – as reflected by their reviews and testimonials.

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They call you and or text you every step of the way making sure you receive the best care and check on you too ensure your doing well they strive to be the best at what they do to protect you !!! They are there for you 24/7 I want to thank everyone at the office of Feher law firmRon sAria FadakarAria Fadakar ★★★★★ Tom Feher and his team are excellent litigators and trial attorneys. I’ve had the privilege of working with them side by side on multiple cases. As a result of that, I have seen the inner workings of how they plan, prepare, and execute. Above being attorneys, they know how to blend law and business while also staying personable and authentic to their clients and audience. Being personable is what gets your clients to trust you and a jury to like you. Since Tom and his team know how to be personable while practicing the rigid elements of law, they are able to get strong verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. Also, you can’t fake authenticity. 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It was very informative about car accidents and the guidance of helping my dad with his employment issue.GMGM ★★★★★ Great place to go to if you're ever in an accident or need assistance in anything. Very professional and are straightforward team. Since the first call with this firm, it was welcoming and easy! I recommend to anyone. Thank you Feher Law Firm!Christopher OrozcoChristopher Orozco ★★★★★ Coolest and straightforward team as well as lawyer. They are less intimidating than the corporate one. To anyone who is shy or scared, I highly recommend contacting them. Just talking of whatever situation you are in, they listen and even guide you in your thoughts. The whole team treats you as a person and not as a robot.Christina HeiligChristina Heilig ★★★★★ It has been a pleasure working with the team at Feher Law. The process has been simple, and I’ve been updated along the way. 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I was having a very negative experience with another law group and switcher firms based on recommendations from several other professionals. Tom Feher has been honest, supportive, and ethical. The results of my case are far better than expected. This firm is professional, knowledgeable, and caring. Believe me when I say that the attorneys are strong advocates for their clients. Thank you!Bonnie CaseyBonnie Casey ★★★★★ The most amazing lawyers and staff! They agreed I had a legitimate case and completely handled every aspect. From initially obtaining video of the incident, statements from those involved, all the way to mediation. The settlement we received was very fair! 5 stars isn’t enough! I highly recommend!Eddie RobinsonEddie Robinson ★★★★★ After getting lied too by another law firm Frank at Feher Law stepped in and took care of my dad and I. We were injured in a road rage accident and his truck was damaged. Frank immediately made the insurance company accept there responsibility and a check was mailed. My medical was paid my dads truck got fixed and we both ended up with cash for our troubles. I'm glad my dad called Feher Law .Cara McReynoldsCara McReynolds ★★★★★ I can not thank Feher Law enough for the hard work and dedication into making a very difficult situation easier to get through. I am also very thankful for the time and understanding each one has put into our case. I would not hesitate to hire them again. 10/10Cassie RCassie R ★★★★★ Very attentive and compassionate team that paid attention to details which produced pleasant results. Very grateful and thankful.Matt MunozMatt Munoz ★★★★★ Toms a Great Guy and will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve!Kathy MotleyKathy Motley ★★★★★ Tom Feher Law was very professional & knowledgeable. I’ve never had to do something like this & they were there for me, supportive, knowledgeable, & most of all patient with my situation. They helped guide me through what was needed & were there with answers to my questions. I would highly recommend them, for not just their professionalism, but explaining everything so that I could understand the legalities of the lawsuit!MahdiMahdi ★★★★★ I was directed to Feher Law office by my attorney who took care of me until my surgery was done. I was almost sure that this office must have been qualified but I couldn't confirm it up to the time it is finished.Now, I am so delighted to say thank you to Mr. Feher and every single member of his great team members, for their qualified professional efforts, apart from the abundant financial compensation they sorted out for me.I wish you the best in helping people who need you desperately and hopelessly in their harsh days of life.Megan BravermanMegan Braverman ★★★★★ I’ve known Feher Law since its inception, and would highly recommend anyone that has been injured or has a potential personal injury lawsuit to turn to Feher Law for help. Tom Feher not only has ample experience, but truly cares about his clients. His compassion goes beyond what many lawyers possess. He is also known for getting high dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. I will also add that their staff is friendly, responsive and very helpful.Lawrence FriedlLawrence Friedl ★★★★★ Truly an amazing experience. I had the privilege of being represented by Tom, Shant and everyone else there at the firm. From the first phone call I felt so taken care of, everyone frequently kept in contact with me to keep me up to date and make sure I was well. I’ve got way too much good stuff to say about you guys. I received way more than I would have dreamed that I’d get from my tbi accident. Thank you, sincerely.js_loader

How Our California Dog Bite Accident Law Firm Can Help

If you’re a dog bite victim, know that dog bite injuries are slow to heal, are highly susceptible to dangerous infections, and – when on or near the face – can lead to permanent disfigurement. In other words, the losses you face can be immense, but our trusted dog bite lawyers can help in all the following primary ways:

  • Recovering on your medical bills, which may reach into the future
  • Recovering on your lost earnings, which can include lost earning power 
  • Recovering on your non-economic damages – or your physical and emotional pain and suffering – which can overshadow all your financial losses combined

Dog bites are uniquely serious because canines have very strong jaws that rip, gnash, tear, and crush rather than cut the skin, which can break bones and can lead to complex health concerns. Further, the terror involved can lead to symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

All told, it’s difficult to overstate the damages associated with dog bite injuries, and working closely with an accomplished dog injury lawyer throughout the process can make a serious difference in the outcome of your claim.

What to Do After Being Bitten by a Dog

If someone else’s dog bites you, your case will be unique to the circumstances involved, but there are certain steps that all victims of dog bites are encouraged to take:  

  • Ensure your safety by getting away from the animal as quickly as you can and doing everything you can to protect yourself from it. 
  • Seek medical attention immediately – even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. The risk of infection is too great to ignore.
  • Carefully follow your medical provider’s instructions, attend all follow-up appointments, and schedule the medical treatments and procedures advised.
  • Reach out for skilled legal counsel early on. Dog bite laws in California are complex, and your claim and recovery are too important to leave to chance.
  • Alert the authorities about the attack by contacting the local animal control or public safety officer – you could stop someone else from being injured. 
  • Gather and preserve all the evidence that you can, which includes keeping your torn or ripped clothing, taking pictures or videos of your injuries, recording eyewitness testimony, and jotting down the dog owner’s contact information and information about the dog’s vaccines, including rabies 
  • Document your losses by compiling your medical bills and your doctor’s report regarding your injuries and prognosis.
  • Remember that you can count on others at the scene to help gather evidence and information on your behalf, and your savvy attorney will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to compile all the available evidence – in support of your strongest claim.

It’s important to know that, while the involved insurance company is paid to cover your claim, they are in the business of turning profits and will do what they can to minimize your settlement. They are skilled at twisting claimants’ words into weapons that they proceed to use against them, and for this reason, it’s a good idea to keep the following in mind:

  • Allow your dog bite lawyer to communicate with the insurance company on your behalf – you’re not required to make a statement, and it’s generally in your best interest not to do so.
  • Stay off of social media while your claim is pending – the insurance company is watching and waiting for you to post something they can turn against your claim.
  • Focus on your recovery while your attorney focuses on knowledgeably negotiating with the insurance company for the highest compensation possible.

A Note on Young Victims

The statistics clearly demonstrate that children are far more vulnerable to being seriously injured in the course of a dog attack than adults are – although both face serious risks. To make things that much worse, children are also more likely to sustain injuries to the head and neck, which are among the most dangerous injuries.

If your child has been injured by someone else’s dog, the dedicated dog bite lawyers at Feher Law recognize the gravity of the situation and are committed to holding the pet owner liable for the damages your child has suffered.


Under California law, you have only two years from the date of a dog attack to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations, and it highlights exactly how important it is to retain a dog bite attorney as soon after the incident as possible.

Gathering Evidence

Dog bite claims – like other personal injury claims – hinge on the available evidence, which you should begin collecting as soon as possible. If, however, you’re in no condition to take care of this on your own, you can trust your attorney to take over on your behalf.

The kinds of evidence that are most likely to make a difference include:

  • Any video footage of the attack, including videos captured by security cameras or bystanders
  • Photos and videos depicting your injuries, including throughout the healing process
  • Any police documentation of the incident
  • Eyewitnesses’ testimonies
  • The testimony of experts with relevant knowledge
  • Your medical records and your doctor’s account of your condition
  • Your own testimony and the testimony of those close to you regarding how the attack has affected your life

The sooner you have a dog bite lawyer in your corner, the sooner thorough evidence gathering can commence – and the sooner you can focus solely on the primary task of fully recovering both physically and emotionally.

What About Liability? Who Is to Blame?

California employs what is known as strict liability when it comes to dog bite cases. The law behind this is California Civil Code Section 3342, which is a strict liability statute that holds dog owners legally responsible for the physical, financial, and emotional damages their dogs cause. You don’t need to prove that the owner knew their dog was aggressive – they are liable regardless, which is what being strictly liable means. 

If a dog bites you when you are on the owner’s property lawfully, such as if you are working on the property or are there for basically any reason other than illegal trespassing, the dog owner is liable for your damages. And the same is true if the attack happens on public property. 

When it comes to dog bites, however, the matter of negligence doesn’t end with the pet’s owner. When the circumstances are right, the following parties can be held responsible:

  • If the property owner or manager where the dog owner lives knew or should have reasonably known about the dog’s aggression, they can share liability.
  • The property owner of the premises where the attack occurred can also bear responsibility – especially if they were aware of the dog’s behavior prior to the incident. 
  • Liability can also extend to the person entrusted with the dog’s care if they fail to take the necessary precautions to control the dog or fail to prevent foreseeable harm.  
  • In some instances, a third party can share liability – especially if they do something to provoke the animal or otherwise contribute to the attack. 

Whether you were bit by a dog, whose owner you can identify, or by a stray dog, and whether you were on public property or were a guest or worker at the dog owner’s home at the time of the attack, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and emotional distress. And an experienced dog bite lawyer in California can help.

What Can I Expect to Pay?

If you’ve been injured by a dog that bit you, you’re facing medical expenses, lost income, and emotional setbacks that can leave you hesitant to take on the additional cost of legal counsel. The truth is, however, that most reputable dog bite attorneys, such as those at Feher Law, charge on a contingency fee basis.

This means that you will not owe anything until your case settles or when you receive a court award. At that time, we will receive a predetermined percentage, and if your claim isn’t successful, you won’t owe anything.

Why Choose Us Over Other California Dog Bite Accident Lawyers?

You have many dog bite attorneys in California to choose from, but at Feher Law, we’re confident that the qualities that help us stand out from the crowd will inspire the peace of mind you’re looking for:

  • We’re available around the clock because being there when you need us is our priority.  
  • We strategize each case in accordance with the unique circumstances involved, which means you can count on personalized services that fit your needs. 
  • We have proven expertise in challenging cases involving serious injuries like those that are common to dog bites.
  • We take the pressure off you – leaving you free to focus on your recovery while we manage all the legal details of your claim.

Other Locations We Serve

Feher Law is proud to be firmly grounded in Los Angeles and to serve cities throughout Southern California and the entire state, including but not limited to:

Speak to a CA Dog Bite Accident Attorney Today!

If you or someone you love has been injured by someone else’s dog, you shouldn’t wait to seek the medical care that you need or the legal guidance that your claim calls for. At Feher Law, we appreciate how serious your situation is, and we welcome the opportunity to help.

If someone else’s dog leaves you injured, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and to secure the help you need to reach your most complete recovery.


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Yes, if someone else's dog injures you in California, you can hold the owner liable for your losses, including your medical expenses, your lost wages, and your physical and emotional pain and suffering. After seeking the medical attention you need, consult with an experienced California dog bite lawyer.

The Insurance Information Institute reports that California sees considerably more dog bite claims than any other state and that the average settlement per claim is considerably higher at $59,561. It’s important to note, however, that – depending on the severity of the related injuries – many claims settle for much more.

Some states have a so-called one-bite rule for dog bite claims, but California isn't one of them. These rules pertain to the dog owner having prior knowledge of their pet's aggression, but in California, the owner doesn’t need prior knowledge of their pet’s potential aggression to be held responsible.

As soon as a victim is attacked by a dog in California, the matter should be reported to animal control. From here, an officer should investigate within 24 hours, which leads to a rabies assessment and report that can later be subpoenaed as evidence in the resulting dog bite case.

The Dunbar Dog Bite scale includes the following basic levels:

  • 1: No teeth-to-skin contact
  • 2: Teeth-to-skin contact but no punctures
  • 3: One to four punctures from a single bite
  • 4: Level 3 with at least one puncture having considerable depth 
  • 5: Multiple bites with at least two level 4s
  • 6: Death
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