California Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
Nearly 5 million people in the U.S. suffer dog bites or attacks each year. About 50% of all dog bite fatalities occur to children under 10 years of age. Though dog bite laws vary from state to state, most states, including California, have statutes that impose “strict liability” on dog owners for injuries caused by dogs. In other words, according to California Civil Code Section 3342, a dog owner is liable in most dog bite cases for any damages, regardless if the dog has shown vicious behavior or attacked anyone in the past.
California’ dog bite statute only requires that the victim’s or plaintiff’s lawyer prove the following the 4 elements to find a dog owner liable:
- The defendant owned the dog
- The victim, or plaintiff, was in a public place or lawfully on private property when the dog bite or attack occurred.
- The victim was bitten or attacked by the dog.
- The victim suffered an injury as a result of the dog bite or attack.
Although many people associate some breeds with more aggressive behavior than others, any dog of any size or breed can bite or attack someone.
Examples of Negligent Conduct
Dog owner can be negligent or reckless in a number of ways, including the following:
- Training the dog to attack or otherwise behave aggressively.
- Failing to correct aggressive behavior.
- Failing to properly restrain or to keep the dog in an enclosed area.
- Failing to react appropriately under circumstances that may lead to a dog attack.
Other Potential Parties
Although California law imposes liability on the owner of a dog, what happens if the dog is under someone else’s care or control? Strict liability does not apply to someone who is not an owner, but the caretaker can still be held at fault if he or she had prior knowledge of the dog’s vicious propensities such as a past incident where the dog attacked someone or another animal. Failing to keep the dog under control may also find the caretaker negligent if someone is attacked.
Call the Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, you need the advice and representation of experienced California dog bite attorneys. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian will conduct a detailed investigation to establish a pattern of behavior regarding the animal involved in the attack. Owners will always defend their pets, but neighbors, mailpersons and others familiar with the dog may have information about the dog’s vicious behavior if we need to establish prior knowledge.
The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian have experienced personal injury lawyers who are knowledgeable about California animal attack lawsuits and insurance claims. Our lawyers will help you determine the amount of your damages claims and how to recover them in a timely fashion. This may include damages for future care if you suffered permanent physical or emotional injuries. Let us help you determine what insurance coverages are available before you simply give up on your dog attack case.
Call Us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We have the necessary experience and the resources to properly handle a dog bite injury case.