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What Our Past Clients Have To Say About Us

Yoshi and Cynthia really care about you, and about making sure you get treatment for your injuries! They are experienced, fearless, and kind. I highly recommend them if you’ve been hurt in a car accident, or other accident. They really fight for what you need after you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence.

Jen H.
Rating: 5

Yoshi and his team provided me thee best counsel I could have ever asked for. I was hit by a car while walking across the street, and Kubota & Craig got me the highest settlement possible. In addition to winning my case, I learned valuable life lessons from Yoshi. He is an incredible person and a wonderful lawyer. I couldn’t recommend him more!

Wendy L.
Rating: 5

Highly recommend Yoshi Kubota for anything legal related. He was professional throughout our entire experience and went above and beyond what anyone could have asked for. Yoshi and his associates were always in constant contact with us, kept us up to date with any information regarding our case and informed us of any changes. We never hesitated to call for any questions and they were always quick to respond. While our case took time, his team never once lost interest while maintaining a high level of professionalism. His team really made an effort to ensure we were properly treated with respect and care. Could not have asked for better service. Thank you Yoshi & Craig.

Noudeng S.
Rating: 5

What can be a very scary and intimidating experience turned out to be so pleasurable after meeting Cynthia Craig and Yoshi Kubota – trustworthy, easy to talk to, patient, informative, and there for you every step of the way. Thank you for going above and beyond for me during such trying times. I am so fortunate to have met you all. Highly highly recommend!

Rating: 5

Experienced Orange County Dog Bite Attorney

Are you in need of a California Dog Bite Lawyer? If so, you have come to the right place. The experienced dog bite injury attorneys at Kubota & Craig can help you.

About 74.8 million dogs call the United States home, and according to the Center for Disease Control, 4.7 million of them bite people every year. The majority of these dog bite incidents are harmless, playful nips. Others, unfortunately, lead to serious injury, and the worst are fatal. 

In an attempt to mitigate the number of dog attacks, California has strict pet ownership liability laws. Found under section 3342 of the Civil Code, the statutes outline who is responsible when dogs attack.

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Understanding Dog Bite Injury Law in California

California has a detailed set of dog injury laws on the books, and in some cases, criminal charges apply. The statutes also allow authorities to order extreme actions for severely problematic pets.

Under the code, “strict liability” rules apply when dogs bite and injure, meaning owners are de facto responsible for their pet’s behavior. So, if your ordinarily angelic Fluffy or Fido acts out of character and bites someone, the responsibility falls on you. To put it another way, arguing “ignorance” isn’t an option in California’s strict liability dog bite cases.

Limits of Strict Liability in California Dog Bite Cases

Understand, though, that strict liability isn’t a silver legal bullet for all dog attacks. For example, judges have rejected the standard in situations involving car and bike chases. In those instances, the claimant must prove negligence on the part of the owner. Moreover, for strict liability to apply, the incident must have occurred in public or when the victim was on lawfully private property, like a mail person or an invited party guest. 

Lastly, law enforcement and military dogs are largely exempted from strict liability standards.

California Dog Bite Liability: Costs

What must Californians pay if their pet bites a person? Owners of injury-causing animals must often pay damages amounting to the victim’s lost wages and medical expenses. 

Legally Dangerous Pets in California

Californian authorities can deem pets legally dangerous if the animal: 

  1. Was involved in at least two “aggressive” incidents over the previous three years; 
  2. Bit someone unprovoked resulting in a minor injury; 
  3. Had already been declared “potentially dangerous,” and the owner didn’t follow through with court requirements.

Additionally, anyone attacked by a recidivist offender can sue in civil court.

Defenses for Dog Bite Lawsuits in California

Plaintiffs must prove they were bitten, without provocation, in a public place or while lawfully on private property to win strict liability dog bite claims in California. As such, owners frequently base their defenses around one of three arguments.

Trespassing: Since claimants must establish that they were lawfully on private property, many defendants argue the opposite.

Fault: Proving that the alleged victim somehow provoked the pet unreasonably is another defense. Alternatively, defendants can show that the claimant voluntarily took a risk.

Innocence: Some people assert that the plaintiff is lying, innocently mistaken, or exaggerating. 

FAQ: California Dog Bite Laws

What’s the First Thing I Should Do if I’m Bit by a Dog or Other Type of Pet?

Get medical attention immediately and document any wounds or bruises. Even if the bite didn’t break the skin, it could have caused an internal contusion, leading to severe conditions. If the skin is broken, get a rabies test as soon as possible.

Should I Chase Down a Dog that Bites Me?

Though your instincts may insist otherwise, it’s never wise to chase down an already agitated, ferocious animal. It only provokes them more. But do your best to remember what the dog looks like in the event it becomes necessary to track it down for a lawsuit.

OK, I’ve Gotten Medical Attention and Want to Sue. What Should I Do Next?

The first thing you’ll want to do is find an Orange County dog bite lawyer who knows the laws in your jurisdiction. He or she will help you: 

  • Report the incident to animal control;
  • Secure witnesses and evidence;
  • Figure out who owns the dog;
  • Gather all relevant medical records and reports; 
  • Contact insurance companies if necessary; and
  • File a lawsuit, if you chose to go that route.

I’ve Been Bit by a Dog. What Can I Seek to Recoup in a Lawsuit?

Every case is different, but generally speaking, dog bite victims can seek financial redress for:

  • Past and future medical expenses for medical care;
  • Lost wages;
  • Diminished earning capacity;
  • Necessary lifestyle changes;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Property damages; and
  • Punitive damages.

Does Strict Liability Apply if a Dog Chases Me While on a Bike?

A lot of dog attacks involve bikes. If you incur an injury because a dog — or another animal — chased you but didn’t bite, strict liability may not apply. That doesn’t mean you don’t have a case. It just means you may need to prove negligence on the part of the pet’s owner to win. 

Can California Authorities Command Me to Kill My Pet?

Yes. If an animal proves to be excessively vicious and dangerous, authorities can submit a “destroy” order.

I Got Bit by a Dog at a Party. Does that Qualify as “Lawfully Being on Private Property” for a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

If you were invited over or the owners advertised an open house, then yes, you were lawfully on private property. However, if you crash a party and are bitten, strict liability may not apply, and you’ll need to prove more to win the case. 

My Dog Bit Someone, but I Can’t Afford to Pay. What Should I Do?

Firstly, we understand. Secondly, you’re not alone. And thirdly, we have solutions. For example, homeowners’ insurance typically covers animal injuries. If you don’t own a home, options are still available. The best move is to contact a dog bite lawyer and explain your situation upfront.

Can Dog Walkers be Held Responsible for Dog Bite Attacks?

As is the case with all legal claims, it depends on the exact situation. Under California law, the general rule of thumb is that if walkers act with “scienter” — meaning intentionally — they may be held responsible. 

Can Dog Bites Lead to Criminal Charges for Owners?

Yes. If a dog — and by extension owner — has a record and keeps engaging in “mischievous” and dangerous behavior, a court can issue a felony or misdemeanor charge.

Contact the Best Dog Bite Attorneys in Orange County

If you’re on either end of an animal conflict in Orange County, California, reach out to our Irvine dog bite attorney at Kubota & Craig law firm. We’ve handled all manners of personal injury cases and understand how the system works. Get in touch today. Let’s start working on solutions. We’ll guide you every step of the way, fight fiercely on your behalf, and do everything to ensure the best possible outcome.


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Josie FlemingJosie Fleming
03:58 31 May 23
I had the misfortune of being in a car accident near the Irvine Spectrum Center last year, but the amazing team at Kubota & Craig turned my luck around. They were friendly and helpful from day one, and thanks to their diligence, I received a great settlement. My family and I are truly happy with the results. Highly recommended.
Jayne PetersonJayne Peterson
12:52 21 May 23
Having been involved in my first car accident, I was feeling very stressed about it. But after searching for car accident lawyers in Irvine and speaking with Yoshi Kubota, I was definitely feeling better about what lie ahead of me. I had full confidence in their ability to get me the maximum amount possible in my situation. Even though they are a very busy firm, they always took the time to answer my questions and address my concerns. I'm so glad I went with this law firm. If you're in need of a car accident lawyer in Irvine, I highly recommend them for their expertise and exceptional service.
Elaine WrightElaine Wright
15:13 20 May 23
If you're in need of the best car accident lawyers in Orange County, California, look no further than Kubota & Craig. They provided top-notch service, and although I wouldn't wish an accident on anyone, I highly recommend them to represent you. Their team was great, and I was always so impressed with Yoshi who handled my case. He got me a fantastic result and was a class-act every step of the way.
Carmen SimpsonCarmen Simpson
05:40 19 May 23
As a satisfied client of Kubota & Craig, I highly recommend their services for anyone in need of an Orange County car accident lawyer. Yoshi and Cynthia's team were exceptional in handling my complex case with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. Throughout the process, they were always available to answer any questions or concerns I had, providing me with much-needed peace of mind. Dealing with insurance adjusters can be a daunting task, but Kubota & Craig made it stress-free. From start to finish, their dedicated team worked tirelessly to ensure that my case was resolved in my favor. I'm grateful for their assistance and thankful to have had such a great group of people by my side during this difficult time. For anyone seeking a reliable car accident lawyer in Orange County, I highly recommend Kubota & Craig.
Vickie StanleyVickie Stanley
09:56 18 May 23
Kubota & Craig provided excellent service as my car crash lawyer. They handled both my case professionally, efficiently, and honestly, helping me get the medical attention I needed and resolving issues with car insurance. The team kept us informed throughout the process and addressed any concerns. I highly recommend their firm.
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