I love dogs as much as the next person. As a matter of fact, I love all animals. Growing up, I was very fascinated with animals, a love I have to this day. I still look forward to watching Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin sharing their animal adventures every Saturday morning while jogging on a treadmill at my local Planet Fitness club. However, the reality is, dogs can behave in a dangerous manner, even when they’re unprovoked. If you own a dog, live near someone who owns a dog, or interact with any dogs no matter how remote the circumstances present themselves, this blog post is for you!
Dogs can bite! When they do, it can be devastating. When was the last time you read or saw in the news, “Child mauled to death by dog”. Probably not that long ago. I’ve represented several people who have been mauled by a dog or had a child mauled by a dog. The injuries are often times devastating. Physical scars remain for years as a constant reminder of the traumatic event suffered by the victim. A common response by the dog owner is, “My dog has never ever behaved in that manner. He/She is a very nice pooch.” This fact does not get a dog owner off the hook when it comes to their legal responsibility for their dog.
California is a statutory strict liability state. California’s dog bite law makes the owner of a dog strictly liable for any dog bite from the moment the person owns the dog, provided that the victim was not trespassing, provoking the dog, injured by his employer’s dog while on the job, or performing a paid service involving the dog. The victim is not required to prove negligence or anything else.
If you own a dog, it is imperative that you have some type of insurance to cover you in the event your dog attacks another person. Oftentimes, if you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should be covered. Make sure to check your policy to ensure that you are protected.
If you or a family member have been attacked by a dog, contact a personal injury lawyer today.
CALL SILVA INJURY LAW TO DISCUSS YOUR CASE IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY A DOG. ALL LEGAL CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE!