There are many reasons that people who have been bitten by a dog in California might be hesitant to sue the owner of the dog. In some cases, the person is afraid that the dog will be put down if they sue. Keep reading to find out what is most likely to happen to the dog if you file a claim. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation to determine your options.
The Dog Will Be Quarantined
Any animal that bites a human in California is required to be quarantined. In most cases, the quarantine lasts for ten days. During this quarantine, the county will ensure that the animal is not carrying rabies. In many cases, the dog will remain at the home of the owner during this period, though in some instances, the animal will be sent to the Animal Care Center for quarantine.
Dogs Are Not Usually Euthanized for Biting Someone
It is not common for dogs who bite someone in California to be euthanized. However, they can be euthanized if the dog has bitten people on at least two separate occasions or the dog was trained to kill or attack and bites even once.
Even in those cases, a hearing is required. Any person can request that the process begin, from a neighbor to a bite victim or even a government official, but the dog will only be euthanized if it is decided to be in the best interest of the public during the hearing.
The Owner is Not Generally Responsible for Damages – Their Insurance Company Is
Another reason that people are hesitant to file for a personal injury claim against a dog that bit them is that they know the owner of the dog. They do not want to make their neighbor, friend, or family member pay for their medical bills and other damages.
While we understand this urge, there are two things to know. First, it is very likely that the person in question has a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. In that event, their policy almost always covers dog bites – though there might be breed restrictions. However, the most likely scenario is that their insurance company pays – not them directly.
The second thing to consider is that someone has to pay for your damages. You might not feel comfortable “asking” a loved one to pay them for you, but if your damages are the result of their dog acting aggressively, why should you be the one to pay them?
Call Now for a Free Legal Consultation
If you have been bitten by a dog, we strongly recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are standing by to listen to your side of the story and help you find the best way forward.