Dog Bite Attorneys San Juan Capistrano

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Dog Bite

California is a “strict liability” State when it comes to dog bites. This means, that unlike Nevada and other “one bite” States, a dog owner need not be on notice of their dog’s dangerous propensities in order to be liable for injuries their dog causes in California.

“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such

viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.”

However, there are some important exceptions to this rule. Since California is a “comparative fault” State, the victim of a dog bite can expect to have their damages reduced if their negligence or wrongdoing somehow contributed to the bite. For instance, if someone trespasses and is bitten, or provokes the dog, their award will be reduced by their percentage of fault in the incident.

Significant monetary damages

Dog bites are unique in that they typically require very little treatment outside of the initial visit to the doctor. Despite the low medical bills, dog bites usually fetch significant monetary damages. In other words, the ratio of medical bills to winnings is typically very high in the context of a dog bite case.

Children are often the victims of dog bites. When a child gets a scar on their face, it is a lifelong injury. An adept personal injury attorney can capitalize on this, and get the child compensated significantly. The money is then put into a blocked account that the child can only access after their eighteenth birthday. Another option is an annuity that gains value over time. Give us a call today if you or someone you know was bitten by a dog!

Each year, about 800,000 people in the United States seek medical care for dog bites. This accounts for nearly one-third of all animal-related injuries. Half of these injuries occur in children aged 14 and younger.

There is no one breed of dog that is more likely to bite than another. All dogs can be dangerous if they are not properly trained and supervised.

The best way to protect yourself from being bitten by a dog is to avoid interaction with unfamiliar dogs. If you must interact with a dog, be sure to do so slowly and cautiously.

Yes, in some cases you may be able to sue the owner of the dog that bit you. You will need to consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a case.

Yes, you can file a lawsuit if your dog is bitten by another dog. However, the owner of the other dog may be held liable for the injuries your pet sustains in the attack.

In California, you can recover damages for both economic and noneconomic losses sustained as a result of a dog bite injury. Economic losses may include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Noneconomic losses may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.

The penalties for owning a dog that attacks someone varies depending on the severity of the attack. In some cases, the owner may be ordered to euthanize the dog. In other cases, the owner may be subject to criminal penalties, such as fines or jail time.

The statute of limitations for filing a dog bite injury lawsuit is two years. This means that you must file your lawsuit within two years of the date of the attack.

Yes, you can sue the owner of the dog if you were bitten while on someone else’s property. The owner of the property may also be liable if they knew that their dog was dangerous and failed to take precautions to protect guests from being bitten.

Your chances of winning a lawsuit against a dog owner depend on the facts of your case. However, you may have a strong case if the owner knew that their dog was dangerous and failed to take precautions to protect guests from being bitten.


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