Animals are not predictable, a Dog bite injury can occur anytime when a canine is around. It is very important to know your rights, if you or your loved one is a victim of a dog attack. The statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that around 4.5 million people in USA are victims of dog bite injury each year. And 20% of the dog bite injuries develop into some illness or disease or bacterial infection like rabies. A number of dog bite attacks are from their own pet dog or from pet of a known individual.
California follows the “strict liability” dog bite policy. According to the law, owners of the dogs can be held liable for any dog bite injuries, if the victim was attacked in a public place or was present lawfully in a private place. Strict liability means that the owners will civilly liable for the dog attacks regardless of whether they were aware that their dog was prone to aggressive behavior. The owners can be held criminally liable if they own a dog which is regarded as “dangerous” or “vicious” depending on its past behavioral actions and breed of the dog. It is advisable to consult a professional dog bite injury lawyer, who can understand your case and help you file for damages against the concerned liable parties.
Instances where you cannot sue the owner for a dog bite injury:
- If the dog attacked in self-defense or to protect its owner
- If it is a military or police dog which was used in an appropriate way
- The dog was provoked by you, as you were abusing or teasing it
- Being attacked by the employer’s dog while duty, unless the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance
- You were chased by the dog which caused the crash of your bicycle or motorcycle or you suffered injury as you fell down
If you or your family member has been a victim of dog bite injuries, contact us at Khashan Law. We are a team of experienced dog bite injury lawyers who will help you obtain your rightful compensation. We are committed to assist all the residents of California in filing a lawsuit against the liable parties and recover the best compensation after a dog attack. Call us at (951) 461-2387 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us.