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The Elia Law Firm personal injury attorneys

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We serve accident victims in San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside, El Cajon, Poway, La Jolla, Del Mar, Chula Vista, and all other towns and cities in San Diego County and beyond

If you’ve been bitten by in dog in San Diego, fight back.

Our San Diego dog bite lawyers are experts in dog attacks and injury litigation and work relentlessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

Dogs are considered by many to be members of the family. However, whereas human members of the family are capable of relying on common sense when making decisions, animals, especially dogs, rely purely on instinct when making decisions. Even the most obvious docile dog can bite if it feels threatened. For this reason, it is the responsibility of all dog owners to keep their dogs out of situations where their dogs may feel threatened and, as a means of self defense, bite an unassuming victim.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated “4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention.” 

The CDC goes on to point out that:

  • Children are at the highest risk for suffering from dog bite injuries.
  • Dog owners who keep their dogs indoors increase the likelihood of dog bite accidents occurring as statistics have shown that the probability of a dog bite accident greatly increases when the dog is allowed to co-inhabit the house with humans.
  • Dogs with a history of aggression should not be brought into the home to live, and those who are around the dog should be promptly warned of the potential risk that the dog poses

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When a dog does bite a person, the owner of the dog is responsible.

The CDC estimates that 800,000 Americans seek medical attention each year because of dog bites, and just about half of those Americans are children. If a dog is not on a leash when it’s supposed to be, is out amongst the public and not kept in close proximity to its owner, or escapes from its home and bites a person, then accountability for the accident rests on the shoulders of the dog’s owner. Medical bills and other costs associated with the dog bite become the priority of the person responsible for maintaining the dog.

Dogs may be tough. We’re tougher.

You need a San Diego dog bite lawyer at Elia Law Firm, APC if you’ve been attacked by a dog. We are relentless in the pursuit of the maximum compensation for injuries sustained from dog bites and have a 95% success rate in obtaining a monetary reward for our clients

If you or a loved one has recently been the victim of a dog bite accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced dog bite injury lawyer here in our office. We will examine the circumstances of your case, and hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for the actions of their dogs. Please call today for a free case evaluation, and we will begin the process of seeking monetary compensation for your injuries.

Don’t delay. Time is critical. The sooner we go to work, the sooner you can pay for the medical attention you need.

Call (619) 444-2244 today or submit the form on this page for a free consultation. No fee until we win!

Suffering with injuries sustained through no fault of your own?

Contact our San Diego law firm for a free case evaluation today!

Frequently asked questions on dog bite cases

The value of your case depends on many factors. Every San Diego dog bite case is different. One factor is the nature and extent of your injury. Some people heal faster than others. One person may heal in a week, while another may take six months, a year, or may never heal from the injury. Another factor is the amount of your medical bills, future medical bills and lost earnings, etc. Contact our office at (619) 444-2244 for accurate advice on the value of your case.

Our office works with a variety of doctors in the San Diego who can provide immediate medical treatment and defer payment until the case is finished.

You pay us only IF we recover compensation for you through a settlement with the insurance company or a verdict through the court. If we do not recover compensation for you, you do NOT have to pay us for our time.

This depends on the extent of your injury. Typically, a San Diego personal injury case takes anywhere from two to eight months. Sometimes, cases take longer if they are more complex or if a lawsuit is filed. See our personal injury lawsuit timeline page for all the details on how long your case may take.

Not necessarily. Sometimes you are far better off without filing a lawsuit. Our San Diego personal injury law office typically files a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, if any. We then attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If you are dissatisfied with the insurance company’s offer, we may decide to file a lawsuit.

  • Property damage
  • Past, current and future medical bills
  • Past, current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment

Putting a monetary value to each of those is what dog bite attorneys do for their clients, and then we fight hard to attain you what you deserve. As in all San Diego personal injury cases, you are up against a behemoth in the insurance company which does not have your best interests in mind. They goal is to pay you as little as possible, and you are at a disadvantage if you try to take them on yourself. There is no need. That’s what we are here for. Let us fight the battle. 

Some of our achievements…

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$4.0 M

MVA vs. Pedestrian


MVA vs. Pedestrian vs. Hit & Run (maximum insurance policy limits obtained)


$3.9 M

Auto Accident


Settlement for a rear end car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries


$3.8 M

Wrongful Death


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$2.0 M

Premises Liability


Premises Liability


$1.7 M

Wrongful Death


Wrongful death case (limited insurance – multiple claimants)


Numbers have been rounded up to fit in allowable space. For actual numbers see our Case Results.

"Steve Holly, and Garrett are all exceptionally professional people to work with. I had a very serious and complicated Bodily Injury case, where it seemed like there was a new hurdle to overcome every month. I have no doubt that the Elia legal team worked tirelessly on creative solutions, which ultimately led to a victory in the courts. After this case consumed 2 years of my life, I am so relieved to have it over and done with. There are no words that could truly encapsulate my appreciation, and gratitude for this law firm. I would highly recommend this group to anyone in need of their services."


Protect yourself!

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may deserve compensation. Don’t go it alone. It’s very likely an attorney can get you more and get you fully compensated. 

Request a free phone consultation now. Find out what your case is really worth! We will also send you our “20 ways you can ruin your case” PDF to print out and help you even more!