Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in San Francisco
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Why Choose Our Dog Bite Injury and Animal Attack Injury Attorneys
All Bite, No BarkOther law firms like to bark without the teeth to back it up, but when dogs bite our clients, we bite back. If the dog owner and all other liable parties won’t offer a reasonable settlement, we are not afraid to take the fight to the courtroom.
Real Experience, Deep UnderstandingWe are seasoned litigators with 30 years of hands-on experience and a long track record of success. Over our decades representing injury victims like you, we have learned how to act as both personal injury lawyer and stress-reducing guide to our clients. We bring real experience and a deep understanding of California dog bite laws to your case so you can relax.
Tireless DedicationWe don’t give up. Every case we take on is as personal to us as if it were for one of our own family members. That’s how it is supposed to be, and it’s exactly what you will get when you team up with Delfino Green & Green.
Dog Bite Laws & Liability in CaliforniaAfter a dog has bitten you, it can feel like good news is in short supply, but you may find some good news in California’s dog bite laws. That’s because these laws provide a pathway for people in your position to recover compensation for what they have been through. Here’s what you need to know.
Strict Liability for California Dog OwnersWhile some states have laws that prevent dog owners from being liable the first time their dog bites someone (often called a “one bite rule”), California is not one of those states. California is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites, meaning any dog owner can be liable for a bite regardless of any lack of knowledge of the dog’s aggression. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but they are limited. For example, those who are under suspicion of having committed a crime may be unable to sue if they are bitten by a police dog. And veterinarians and vet assistance are generally unable to sue for dog bites that occur in the course of their job duties. You also have to be in a public place or legally on private property at the time of the attack in order to sue.
‘Reasonable Steps’ for Dangerous DogsAn additional California dog bite law broadens the scope of who can sue for a dog bite. This law focuses on dogs with a history of aggressive behavior by mandating that the owners of such dogs take “reasonable steps” to prevent the dog from hurting anyone. When dog owners fail to follow this rule, they open themselves to lawsuits that could end with a mandate to either keep the dog in a fully secure area or have the animal put down.
Dog Bite StatisticsThe first thing you should know after you have suffered a dog bite is that you may be able to recover compensation. The second thing you should know is that you are not alone. In fact, you are far from alone. The numbers behind dog bites in the United States and California are nothing short of shocking. Here is just a sample of the dog bite statistics that drive countless injuries every year:
- Almost 20 percent of people who are bitten by a dog need medical care to treat it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 27,000 Americans had to have plastic surgery to correct injuries caused by dog bites in 2018.
- The average cost per insurance claim for dog bites in the United States was $49,025 in 2021, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).
- In 2021, victims made 17,989 dog bite insurance claims in the United States, according to the III.
- California saw more homeowner’s insurance claims for dog bites than any other state in 2021, with a total of 2,026, the III reported.
Parent or Caregiver of a Dog Bite Victim?Here’s another consideration for you: Children are the most common victims of dog attacks, both fatal and nonfatal. That’s a fact that countless thousands of parents and caregivers are left to deal with in real life every single year. If you’re one of those parents or caregivers, you may be left feeling like you have nowhere to turn. You may feel that way, but it’s not the truth. You have a right — if not a responsibility — to advocate for justice for your child, and our law firm is here to help you with your dog bite lawsuit. Your child has legal rights, but it’s up to you to exercise them. We’re equipped to help with that. We understand that the emotional trauma and medical treatment involved when a child suffers a dog attack has a profound effect on the child’s life and well-being. And we want you to know you and your family have legal options. Reach out to our firm to discuss those options.
Steps to Take (and What Not to Do) After a Dog Bite in CaliforniaVictims of dog bites are often left in a whirlwind of pain and frustration. In all the confusion and suffering, it can be difficult to remain calm and make strategic choices. But what you do after a dog bite can have a real, measurable effect on the amount of compensation you receive. That’s why you need to be careful. Here is your post-dog bite to-do list:
- Get the name, address, phone number and insurance policy information of the dog’s owner if at all possible.
- Get the contact information of anyone who saw the dog attack you.
- Take pictures or video of your injuries and the area in which the dog attack occurred, including the conditions of the owner’s property (if applicable).
- Seek medical attention to treat your injuries and create a medical record of what happened to you — even if you don’t think medical treatment is necessary.
- Contact the animal control agency for the city or county where the attack occurred and report the attack.
- Consider seeking legal advice or a free case review from an experienced dog bite lawyer like the team at Delfino Green & Green.
- Do not engage in any sort of discussion with the dog’s owner or insurance company about who might have been at fault for the attack.
- Do not allow the dog owner or insurance company to record you via video, audio, or photograph.
- Do not discuss money with the insurance company or dog owner until you have received a case evaluation from an experienced attorney or decided to represent yourself.
- Do not delay medical treatment unnecessarily.
- Do not discuss the severity of your injuries until you have been fully evaluated by a medical professional.
- Do not forget that the insurance company is not on your side, despite how friendly or agreeable they may seem at first.
Money a Dog Bite Victim Can ReceiveDog bite victims suffer a wide range of damages that can lead to countless thousands of dollars in economic damages, as well as untold non-economic costs. Fortunately, our state provides a pathway for you to recover full compensation for the harms a dog inflicts on you. Here are some of the damages for which dog bite victims may be able to receive compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages during your recovery
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Post-traumatic stress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Injuries in Dog AttacksAt first glance, many people assume the only injury a dog can cause is a bite, but that is not quite right. In fact, aggressive dogs can cause a wide range of injuries, including the following:
- Puncture wounds. Dogs’ teeth can cause deep puncture wounds that lead to incredible pain and permanent scarring.
- Lacerations. During an attack, dogs can cause deep scratches and lacerations with both their teeth and claws.
- Back injuries. When dogs jump — either to attack or simply make contact with you — they can knock you backward, leading to injuries of your back, spine, or shoulders.
- Broken bones. In the course of a struggle with a dog, it’s not uncommon to suffer a broken or fractured bone.
- Infections. Dogs create puncture wounds that can lead to extremely dangerous secondary infections.
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The husband and father of 4 young children was working at a construction site when he died because of another contractor's negligence. After more than two years of hard fought litigation, our team of experts was able to win a tremendous victory on behalf of our clients and ensure that all of their financial needs will be met. We could not bring back the husband/father for this family, but we were able to protect them from the financial devastation that can and often does result where the primary source of income for the family is taken away. We then worked with our team of financial planners to make sure that this family will always have financial security.
$10,000,000Bad Faith Insurance Claim
Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Bad Faith – Pollution Coverage Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.
$5,750,000Traumatic Brain Injury
A 16 year old developmentally disabled kid was hit by a bus while in a crosswalk. He suffered a concussion which turned into post concussive syndrome, where the symptoms of the concussion don't heal completely. This is also known as a mild Traumatic Brain Injury ("mTBI"). Our firm was hired as trial counsel 6 months before trial because of our expertise in TBIs as well as cutting edge trial techniques. When we first associated into the case, there was a very minimal settlement offer and it did not appear that the Defense was taking the case seriously. Our team of attorneys, experts and staff immediately immersed ourselves in the case as we prepared to demonstrate the catastrophic consequences of this incident. Shortly before trial, the Defense could see that we had put all the pieces together to prove liability and that full justice for our young client required damages in the many millions of dollars. The matter settled for $5,750,000.
Disability – Neurological Issues Our client became disabled from neurological issues. Our attorneys were able to work with the client and his physicians to quickly assemble all of the documentation necessary to support out client’s claim of total disability. The insurer agreed that our client was totally disabled and paid his claim.
$2,000,000Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury to Child A three year old child was being carried across the street when she was struck by an oncoming car. The child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she hit the ground. Her injuries were so serious she had to be hospitalized for several months. Our firm negotiated a settlement of $2,000,000 by forcing the payment of all of the available insurance from the driver’s automobile insurer ($1,250,000), the entire amount of the homeowners insurance limits available ($500,000), and all of the amounts that the person carrying the little girl was able to recover from the negligent driver ($250,000). We then arranged for another firm to prepare and fund a large Special Needs Trust for the health and welfare of the injured child.
$1,800,000Heart Condition Disability
Our client became disabled by a heart attack. The insurer refused to pay, claiming that our client was still able to perform his occupation. We met with all of our client’s doctors, obtained reports confirming the client’s inability to perform his prior occupation, and ultimately convinced the insurance company to pay the claim in full.
A contractor suffered a severe collapse at one of his sites. The claim was submitted to the insurer and denied. Mr. Green reviewed all of the facts, researched the law, and brought together the necessary experts to prove that the Contractor’s Builders Risk insurer was responsible for a substantial portion of the loss. He also proved that a subcontractor was negligent and the subcontractor’s insurer also paid a substantial settlement. In total, Mr. Green was able to obtain more than $1,700,000 in compensation for his client.
$1,000,000Heart Condition Disability
Our client had worked for the government for many years when she began suffering from a serious heart condition. All of her doctors told her that she could no longer work and if she continued to do so, she would be risking further injury to her heart or even death. Based on thi
$1,000,000Traumatic Brain Injury
Our client suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury when heavy object struck her in the head. The responsible party denied all fault and insisted until the very end that our client had not suffered a brain injury and offered nothing to settle the case. Our firm assembled a team of world renowned expert‘s to demonstrate that our client had suffered a mild Traumatic brain injury. The case settled shortly before trial.
$985,000Traumatic Hand Injury
Our client was working at a manufacturing plant. While operating a piece of machinery, his glove became caught in the machinery and part of his hand was severely injured. Ordinarily, this type of injury would be restricted to remedies available through Worker’s Compensation. However, through the knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity of our team of attorneys, we were also able to obtain a very substantial civil settlement for our client in addition to the workers comp settlement of his case.
$975,000Aviation Death Settlement
A husband and father of two small children was killed in an aviation accident involving a small aircraft. Our firm represented the widow and two children against the pilot of the aircraft. By hiring experts in aviation (to prove negligence) and economists (to prove damages), and utilizing William Green’s expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, we were able to make a very powerful case and obtain a very favorable settlement that allowed the family to survive financially.
A construction supervisor went to pick up some materials for a construction job. A worker at the yard neglected to set the parking brake on a piece of heavy equipment a few yards away. While the construction supervisor had his back turned, the machine rolled into him, pinning him against the side of his pick-up truck. He suffered several broken ribs, but that was the least of his injuries. Within several weeks of the accident, he had partially lost his sight. By working with medical experts, our firm was able to directly connect the sight loss to the injuries caused by the machine that rolled into our client. The case settled at Mediation without any need for a trial.
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“I had the pleasure of working with Sharon Delfino on my workmens comp case. She definitely had my best interest at hand. She was able to find me a great doctor and help me resolve my case. The staff there are always polite and friendly, never had an issue. It was a pleasure working with Delfino Green & Green !”- Tabitha W
“I’ve known the firm’s founder, Bill Green, for many years and I can say that he is one of the best attorneys I’ve had the pleasure of working with. He and his associates at Delfino Green & Green are hard-working, highly responsive, and very professional, and they get the job done, without excuses. Bill is a great communicator, both with clients, and in Court, and invests time and money to include visual storytelling in his trials and mediations. You won’t find an attorney who cares more about you, and getting you an outstanding result for your case. Bill is one of the “good guys” in the legal profession…a great person to have on your side when dealing with the craziness of litigation.”- Tim M
“A few years ago, I referred a friend of mine to the attorneys at Delfino Green & Green. He was extremely happy with the job they did on his case. He was severely injured when a car hit him when he was crossing a street and this event had the potential to ruin him in a number of ways – financially, physically, emotionally, etc. We kept in close contact during the lawsuit and he told me how great his lawyer and his assistant were throughout the process. Caring, compassionate and very knowledgeable. My friend ended up with a great result – fair financial compensation and great treatment for his injuries. Little did I know when I referred my friend that a few years later, I would need a lawyer for injuries I suffered, but I did. Based on my friend’s experience, I knew that Delfino Green & Green would be the right attorneys for me. So I hired Bill Green and his team to help and they jumped right into action. Now I can saw that I too have firsthand knowledge of just how great these guys are. They knew the law, they knew just how to handle my particular case, and they helped me get my life back after the horrible events that lead to my injury. I can’t imagine that you could do any better than hiring these folks. I’m so grateful for all they did for both me and my friend.”- Evelyn A
“The work Delfino Green & Green did on my case was beyond excellent. The final result was superb, but I also truly appreciated how Mr. Green and the team kept me up-to-date at every stage of the case. I was able to reach someone whenever I needed something or had something important to report and the firm always let me know what was going on in my case. That was very important to me because I hadn’t found that to be true with other attorneys. In short, really top flight work, great people and results that met all of my expectations above and beyond.”- Byron H
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