DOG BITE – Who is Liable and What should I do?
February 05, 2019
A dog bite is a traumatic event and often results in physical injuries as well as psychological scarring. If you were bit you may be entitled to compensation for any damages that you endured. Such damages may include:
“Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Almost 1 out of 5 bites become infected.”
– Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Animal Owner’s may be liable for Your Injuries:
If you were harmed by a dog, the dog owner can often be held liable for the resulting injuries. In California the law generally states that an animal owner is strictly liable if the owner knew or should have known that the animal had a dangerous propensity. (See Thomas v. Stenberg(2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 654, 665 [142 Cal.Rptr.3d 24].) There is also strict liability for injuries caused by animals of a type that are inherently dangerous without the need to show the owner’s knowledge of dangerousness. (Baugh v. Beatty(1949) 91 Cal.App.2d 786, 791–792 [205 P.2d 671]. Often time pit bulls and rottweilers fall in the latter category.
If You were Bit seek out Medical Treatment and Keep track of your Injuries:
If you or someone you know was bit by a dog, the question that often arises: is what to do next. These are the typical steps dog bite victims are often advised to take:
If you or a loved one has been bit or injured by an animal, or have questions as to whom will by liable for your injuries, we invite you to call us today at 619-432-5145 for a free consultation with one of our experienced San Diego Dog Bit Attorneys.