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Owner Liability for Dog Bites and Attacks is the Law in California

Out of nowhere, suddenly you, your child or another loved one became the victim of a vicious dog and were bitten and attacked. A dog bite shouldn’t be taken lightly, even from small breed dogs. The wounds inflicted can cause serious infections, scars, disfigurement and even death. A study spanning 13 years by dogbite.org reported that canines killed 433 Americans with more than 50 percent of fatalities being children ten years and under.

When it comes to dog bites and attacks, California legislation is a “strict liability state,” which means a dog owner is held entirely responsible for injuries their animal inflicts. Unlike some other states, it doesn’t matter whether the owner knew the dog was vicious or had a history of viciousness. As described in the legislation, it also doesn’t matter whether a victim was on public property or lawfully on private property either by invitation or while performing duties governed by California or federal postal regulations.

California Dog Owners Are Held Responsible When Their Dog Bites and Attacks

“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.”

Unless you were bitten after the dog showed clear warning signs of aggression, but you ignored those and interacted with the dog anyway or the owner warned you to stay away, its owner is liable for your injuries. The only exception is under the “assumption of risk” law if you choose to work with dogs as a veterinarian, kennel worker, groomer or dog walker and a bite occurs.

In all other cases, except when a K-9 officer is performing job duties and a suspect is bitten, the owner is legally and civilly. If a dog owner demonstrated lack of concern for the safety of others, such as allowing known vicious dogs to roam freely or interact with children, they may also be held criminally responsible.

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Owner Liability and Financial Compensation for Victims of Dog Bites

In legal terms, liability means being held responsible for one’s actions. If a person allows a situation, intentionally or unintentionally, where damages occurred, they open themselves to monetary accountability. The failure to fulfill a reasonable duty to keep others from harm when injury occurs holds a person responsible for damages.

For instance, an owner who fails to properly secure a dog either known to be vicious or trained to attack may be charged with a felony if the biting results in serious injury or death. Even if a dog owner is criminally prosecuted, you are still entitled to monetary damages.

Though the Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists certain breeds as the most dangerous, any size dog can inflict serious damage. Many animal experts agree that breed-specific legislation (BSL) does not reduce the instance of dog bites in communities or enhance public safety.

In other words, all dogs can bite and attack. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the majority of animal bites in the United States are inflicted by dogs. And children are twice as likely to be bitten by a dog than an adult, reports CDPH. Yet, despite improved public awareness of how to prevent or avoid a dog attack, serious California dog bite injuries and fatal attacks have increased over the past decade.

Even if a bite wound is small, it can become infected and cause serious medical issues for the victim, and a relatively minor bite can become a vital medical concern due to the possibility of disease. For an attacking dog that has not been vaccinated for rabies, he can infect a person with the potentially deadly virus. Though you may consider your dog bite minor, you may still file an insurance claim against the owner.

For moderate to severe injuries, you may need the skilled support of our Dog Bite Lawyers to take legal action through out-of-court negotiations and a settlement. Or if a settlement can’t be negotiated, it may be advisable to recover damages through a civil court liability lawsuit.

If you, your child, or another loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you have legal monetary recourse. Or if a loved one was killed by a dog, you may pursue a wrongful death civil court lawsuit.

Time is of the Essence—Statutes of Limitations on Dog Bite Claims Are Restrictive—Call Us Now for Your Free Consultation

Our Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyers Have Won Millions for Injured Victims

With decades of experience, our Los Angeles attorney team fights for the monetary rights of victims of dog attacks. Our track record of MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR wins demonstrates our successful dealing with insurance companies and filing civil lawsuits against dog owners whose dogs bite and attack.

When you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, our Los Angeles dog bite attorneys have the experience, skills, and resources to investigate and build your case so we can recover what you monetarily deserve.

To learn about the options available to you for your unique circumstances, our legal team will meet with you during a free consultation to discuss what happened and what your rights are. And if we take on your case, we’ll never charge you a penny up-front. All costs and fees associated with your case will be paid by our law firm, and we’ll only get paid when we win your dog bite case.

It’s important not to delay contacting a dog bite attorney when you’ve been bitten because statutes of limitations are strict. If you don’t file in time, you may permanently lose your right to financial compensation for your injuries. To begin the process of winning the money you deserve after you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, call us today at 800-210-9694.


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