Understanding Liability and Recovery in California Dog Bite Accidents

The greater Los Angeles area was recently referred to as the “dog bite capital of the world” according to the postal service. In fact, there are many more dog bites throughout the state of California than other states. This is due in part to the fact that we can enjoy the outdoors year round. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, keep reading to learn about liability and recovery. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation from an experienced attorney.

The Owner of the Dog is Generally Liable for Injury Their Dog Causes

In most cases, the owner of the dog is liable for any injury their dog causes. That’s why the first step after being bitten by a dog is to determine whose dog it was that bit you. California has strict liability in these cases, which means that even if the owner tried to prevent the attack, tried to keep others safe from the dog, or had no reason to know the dog was likely to attack, they are still responsible.

In certain situations, a non-owner may be liable. One example is a dog that is under the care of an animal shelter. If a landlord knows a tenant has a dangerous pet and allows it on the property, they could also be found liable. The common thread among these parties is that they had control over the fact that the animal was on the property.

Dog Bite Victims Can Be Held Responsible in Very Limited Situations

If the person injured by the dog bite was found on the property of another person, then said victim may be found responsible for their own injuries. Why? Because property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers. If you are bitten by a dog while taking a shortcut through a neighbor’s yard, you may not be able to recover for your damages.

You May Be Eligible for Several Types of Damages

If you do have a valid claim for a personal injury lawsuit or claim, it can be complicated to determine what damages you may be eligible for. This is one reason we recommend contacting a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. The damages you may be eligible for could include medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering, amongst others.

Call an Attorney if You Are Bitten by a Dog

The first step after being bitten by a dog is to get medical care. Once you have done that, it is time to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. The sooner you call us the easier it will be for us to help you because evidence may still be available and it will be easier to get ahold of eyewitnesses. Call us today and we can begin right away.