Dog bite attacks can take victims off guard and can cause extensive injuries and damages. In most circumstances, pet owners in California are liable for the damages and harm caused to the victims.
Liability for dog bites in California
Owners of dogs are liable for damages suffered by victims who are bitten by their pets while on public property or lawfully on private property. California is a strict liability dog bite state which means that pet owners are strictly liable for the harm their pets cause and do not have to be aware of any prior viciousness from the pet. The pet also does not have to have been vicious in the past.
In some situations, the pet owner may not be liable including in some law enforcement situations, if the dog was being harassed or provoked or if the victim was trespassing at the time of the dog bite attack.
Damages for dog bite attacks
Victims of dog bite attacks can suffer extensive injuries including physical injuries, emotional trauma, scarring, disfigurement and other injuries. A personal injury claim for damages against a negligent pet owner can help victims recover compensation for their damages such as medical expenses and other damages as well.
When a victim has been taken by surprise and injured in a dog attack, they should know how they can get the help that they need. Liability for dog bite injuries can be important and complex. For that reason, victims injured in a dog attack should know how they are protected.