Is There a Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Cases?

Is There a Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Cases?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Dog Bite Law


When a dog bite injury occurs there are many urgent things you will need to take care of: from seeking immediate medical attention, to notifying the authorities of the bite, and of course, considering whether or not to consult with a personal injury lawyer.  It may be important to figure out relatively quickly whether or not you are going to sue.  Finding the right lawyer to help you is of extreme importance.  Because, while you may have a few years to decide whether or not it is worth it to sue, you won’t have forever. In fact California’s dog bite law, section 3342 of the Civil Code, states that the owner of any dog is liable for damages and that the statute of limitations for making a claim is 2 years.


Others factors may play into whether or not you are able to sue, such as if it was a minor who was bitten by the dog, or if you were legally on the property of the dog’s owner.  Meet as soon as is reasonable after the initial injury with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in dog bite law and who knows both the local and state laws regarding dog bites. It is most helpful to meet sooner rather than later with a dog bite lawyer while all of the details are fresh in your mind.


Look for an experienced personal injury lawyer who is going to help you do what you need to do in order to win the case against the dog’s owner. Make sure that they have experience in what  they are doing as your personal injury attorney.  You should feel  confident in their ability to help you. You don’t need to be worried about the statute of limitations if you consult right away and seek  proper legal advice.


Contact the Dog Bite Claim Center for a review of your case.  Call 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your possible dog bite lawsuit.  We are experts in investigations and negotiating on your behalf.  


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