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Verdicts & Settlements
"$2,073,373.80 jury verdict against national retail store for negligent operation of a cart resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to client." - (2017)
"$2,000,000.00 settlement reached during jury selection for client who was struck on left foot by an employee operating a merchandising cart at a retail store resulting in a serious neurological injury to client. " - (2014)
"$1,900,000.00 recovered for families for the wrongful death of their 2 children arising out of a drunk driving auto accident." - (2010)
"$3,400,000.00 settlement against a school district on behalf of 4 victims of sexual abuse by their school principal." - (2016)

Fresno Injury Attorney Aids Dog-Bite and Animal-Attack Victims


A dog bite can be a traumatic event. The more vicious attacks can leave permanent scarring and nerve damage. Sometimes, the psychological injury outlives the physical pain. Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law strives to make you feel safe and secure throughout the entire legal process.


The California dog-bite statute imposes strict liability on the dog owner if the bite occurred in a public place or a private place where the victim had a right to be. This means that the victim does not need to prove that the owner was at fault to recover. Some exceptions to the general rule of strict liability concern victims who provoked the dog, trespassed or committed a felony.

Because negligence is defined as a responsible party’s failure to carefully monitor, restrain or train the dog resulting in injury to another, the victim may also bring a negligence case against third parties such as employers, landlords or dog breeders.

Quite often, the victim knows the dog owner; automatic legal liability can prevent a long, drawn-out claims process that might further damage already stressed relationships. Often, homeowner or dog-owner insurance covers the damages; in the event of inadequate insurance or owner malice, a defendant may pay out of pocket for damages such as:

  • Medical care, including scar reduction
  • Psychological counseling for disfigurement
  • Loss of earnings

If you suffered a dog-bite attack, hire a personal injury lawyer who works diligently for you. Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law provides the best strategies for maximizing your damages claim.


Whether efficiently settling a strict liability claim or pursuing negligence, Mr. Rivas offers the following advantages:

  • Compassionate advocacy — Mr. Rivas tailors his litigation approach to your personal needs; he understands that an attack of this kind is not purely a legal concern. Out of respect for the trauma you have suffered, his focus on maximizing your compensation is always in service of helping you attain closure.
  • Formidable representation — Mr. Rivas is credited as a California Superlawyer®. If you bring a dog-bite negligence case, you can trust Mr. Rivas to provide aggressive and experienced representation in an area he knows best.

Contact a Fresno dog-bite attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve

Call Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law at Phone: 559-263-9667 or toll free at or contact us online to arrange for a free consultation at the firm’s convenient and accessible Fresno office. We also serve clients in Tulare and Merced.  Attorneys are available for evening and weekend consultations, and can accommodate injured and disabled clients with home and hospital visits.