dog bite law

Dog Bite Claims

Dogs are arguably the most popular pet in the United States, with more households owning dogs than any other animal. These furry companions can be a wonderful addition to the home and are often treated as a member of the family. However, with so many dogs in the United States, the likelihood of bites is high as well.

Emotional and Bodily Injuries Sustained in a Dog Attack or Mauling

Dog attacks often result in serious bodily and emotional injuries to the victim. After a dog attack, the victim’s physical injuries may heal, but the emotional injuries due to the trauma situation and/or the social effects of a disfiguring injury can be permanent.

Below is a list of the more common dog attack injuries:

  1. Head trauma
  2. Brain injuries
  3. Disfigurement
  4. Serious Infections
  5. Permanent disability
  6. Facial scarring
  7. Nerve damage
  8. Paresthesia
  9. Lose of limb, hand or foot
  10. PSTD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  11. Loss of life

California Dog Bite Law

Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, leading at times to severe injuries or fatalities. When this occurs, there is a question as to the liability of the dog owner.

State laws vary when it comes to dog bite liability. Some states require evidence that the dog had previously been aggressive, or that the dog had bitten someone before. California’s Dog Bite Law makes a dog owner liable for injuries caused by a dog bite, even in the absence of any evidence that the dog had behaved aggressively at any time in the past. Basically, California’s approach to dog bites is based on strict liability because the injured person does not have to show that the dog owner was negligent.

Also unlike many other states, California’s statute does not apply if the dog injures a person in another way, such as when the dog jumps on a person, causing an injury. This does not mean that the owner cannot be held liable if a dog knocks over another person, but it does mean that someone injured in this fashion would have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner. If the dog owner let their dog run around unrestrained that might be enough to show they were negligent.

Exceptions to dog owner liability

A dog owner will not be liable for their dog biting someone if that person was not legally on their property. Thus, if a dog bites a trespasser, the statute will not apply. Another exception exists for dogs that are part of police work or military operations.

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If you have suffered an injury from a dog, contact Maire & Deedon at 530-246-6050 for a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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