Dogs can be a great source of laughter, joy, and personal fulfillment. Nevertheless, they are animals, and they can attack or lash out with a severe bite. In fact, more than 4 million Americans, many of them children, are victims of dog bites each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An attack or even just a bite can cause serious scars resulting in permanent disfigurement and emotional trauma. At Calstrat Law Group, one of our experienced dog bite attorneys can help you get compensation for resulting injuries and suffering.
California is a “strict liability” state for dog bites. This means that an owner cannot escape liability for a dog bite by claiming that he or she had no idea the dog would act aggressively. The owner is responsible for all damages resulting from a dog bite, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before. If you are bitten, you need only to demonstrate that the bite occurred while you were in a public place or lawfully in a private place. You do not have to show the owner knew the dog would bite or failed to use reasonable care to prevent the bite. But remember, you’ll need to take these extra steps to prove your case if you were injured by a dog, but not by a bite (i.e. you were pushed down after a large dog jumped on you).
At Calstrat Law Group, our skilled and experienced attorneys have helped many families like yours secure the financial compensation they are entitled to in these cases. Call us at (760) 592-0279 ex 102 for a free consultation about your case.