What to Do If You've Been Attacked by an Animal
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 statutes limiting this harm to those who have not provoked the dog.
In California, however, the fault lies with the owner. Therefore, all dogs
must be well trained and kept out of situations that provoke aggression.
If you would like to learn how a Los Angeles dog bite attorney can help
you better understand the compensation you and your loved ones deserve,
call our firm today at (855) 906-3699.
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.
This includes the following additional parties:
Someone who has assumed care of the dog and is keeping it in his or her custody - They can be 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.
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 property owner
to liability. However, if the property 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 property
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.
At BD&J, PC, we are in pursuit of justice for those whose safety has
been jeopardized. As seasoned Los Angeles dog bite lawyers, we can help
you identify lapses in ownership and determine liability for your injury.
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.
If you have been affected by a dog bite, contact BD&J, PC to speak
to one of our
California dog bite lawyers today.
Request an initial consultation at our Beverly Hills office: (855) 906-3699.