California’s Dog Bite Statute (law), section 3342 of the Civil Code, states that the owner of any dog is liable for damages if: the damages were caused by a dog bite, and the person bitten was in a public place or lawfully in a private place. There are many nuances in this area of law that require a lawyer with experience in this dog bite arena. William Margolin has handled many of these cases and has made recovery possible even in what may seem like an impossible situation. Defendant homeowner’s insurance and renter’s insurance should or could have coverage for a dog bite even if the dog bites someone off the premises. William Mitchell Margolin, Attorney at Law, A Professional Law Corporation has more than 25 years of experience making and settling and enforcing in court, if necessary, dog bite claims. We have also sued dog owners and handlers for negligence for their dogs jumping up and injuring people without even a bite occurring.