California Dog Bite Attorneys

Dog bites can affect the lives of both the victim and the pet’s owner. Generally speaking, the recipient of a dog bite can sue for damages if he or she suffered harm due to their interaction with the pet. In some states, there are statues limiting this harm to those who have not provoked the dog. In Los Angeles, however, the fault lies with the owner. Therefore, all dogs must be well-trained and kept out of situations that provoke aggression. Read on to learn more on how a dog bite attorney can help you better understand the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.

Potentially Liable Parties

While the dog owner is the primary party responsible for canine aggression, there are certain circumstances in which other people may be found responsible for the dog harming another person:

  • In many cases, someone who has assumed care of the dog and is keeping it in his or her custody will be as liable for any injuries that occur as the owner would be. Keeping or harboring a stray dog, or even dog-sitting for a friend, means you are responsible for its actions while the pet is in your care. Therefore, regardless of what past incidents may have led the dog to bite, the fact that it attacked while you’re in charge means you may have to compensate any injured parties.
  • Children, including anyone under the age of 18, are more or less immune from liability when it comes to a dog attack. Even if they are technically the primary caregiver, a minor is unable to be sued for damages. In a case like this, the parents of the minor would be held accountable for the actions of their child’s dog.
  • Generally speaking, children are unable to press charges against their parents for negligence in any form. Because of this, if a child has been bitten and wishes to pursue a complaint against his or her parents, it is highly unlikely that the claim will be successful. Married couples will, moreover, share responsibility in the event of a dog attack. However, any other family members involved in the event will likely be rendered exempt from responsibility.
  • Owners of property. Much as with dog keepers, those with a canine on the property they own assume some responsibility for that dog’s behavior. The mere act of a dog on the premises biting someone does not open the owner to liability. However, if the owner has not taken sufficient measures to keep the people in and around the property reasonably safe from the dog, it is likely that some liability may fall on the owner’s shoulders.
  • Being injured at work by a dog is very difficult to prosecute. Usually, a personal claim can be filed against the owner of the pet. If an employer’s dog bites you, the employer is considered the owner of the dog and the company will not be at fault. The employer may be deemed liable for negligence, but workplace protection laws will likely not be applicable.

At the BD&J Law Firm we are in pursuit of justice for those whose safety has been jeopardized. As dog bite attorneys, the firm is on your side in identifying lapses in ownership and proving liability.

California’s Dog Bite Statute

In California, the pet owner is responsible for any damage a pet does through the act of biting in a public or private place. Damages suffered as a result of the bite will likely be the responsibility of the dog owner, and the former behavior of the dog will likely be deemed irrelevant. The owner may escape liability if he or she can prove the dog was provoked in some way by the recipient of the bite. However, proving provocation is an extensive and sometimes fruitless process.

Legal Assistance From Professional Dog Bite Lawyers in California

If you have been affected by a dog bite, contact the BD&J Law Firm at 310.887.1818 and speak to one of our California dog bite lawyers today. Our expert staff will work to ensure your assets are protected and you experience as little discomfort from the situation as possible.