According to the California Department of Public Health, there are around five million people who suffer a dog bite injury every single year in the United States. While some dog bites are minor, some bites are serious and can require treatment. When children are involved in a dog bite incident it may become fatal.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dog bite, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law who can ensure that you are fairly compensated for any pain, suffering, and damages that resulted from the dog bite.
CALIFORNIA LAWS RELATED TO DOG BITES
California law has addressed the issue of liability in dog bite cases. The law is clear that the owner of the dog is liable for injuries from a dog bite when 1) their dog was the cause of the injuries, and 2) the person who was injured was in a public place, or was legally in a private place when the bite took place.
It is important to note that the law only covers injuries that are a result of a dog bite. These laws do not apply the same in situations of a dog jumping, running into people, or scratching.
THE LOCATION THE BITE OCCURRED
The location that the bite takes place, whether on private or public property, can impact whether or not an owner is liable for the injuries resulting from the dog bite.
In order for the dog owner to be held liable for the various damages resulting from a dog bite, it must occur on either public property, or on private property where the victim was permitted to be. Therefore, if you were walking on a public sidewalk, or in a public park, you can seek compensation for any injuries resulting from the dog bite. Additionally, if you were lawfully on another person’s property for any reason, and you were attacked and bitten by a dog, you can obtain compensation for the injuries obtained.
Therefore, when a person who was injured by the dog bite was illegally on the property, either by trespassing or entertaining private property without permission, they may not have a claim for the injury at all.
HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED BY A DOG BITE
If you have been injured in a dog bite attack, an attorney can help you obtain the financial reimbursement to cover the necessary medical and psychological treatment to heal from the attack. The law in California allows that victims of a dog bite attack are able to seek compensation for their injuries. Compensation can include reimbursement for the following:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages for time missed due to the attack and necessary requirement
- Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional
- Loss of earning potential
- Property damage.
If you or your child were injured by a dog bite, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law who is experienced representing victim of dog bites and can ensure you are adequately compensated for your pain and suffering.