Some untrained and unrestrained dogs can represent a public danger, especially because these animals have very powerful jaws and a vicious dog attack can lead to permanent disfigurement and extensive medical treatments to address the injuries and infections that result from the attack. Dog owners are liable for their pets’ behavior, and are responsible to protect the public from injury and attack. Even if the animal has not previously exhibited aggressive characteristics, an owner can be held accountable for their failure to keep their dog contained in public places, the backyard or even inside the house.
Owners are especially liable in cases involving children, as their ignorance and natural curiosity puts them in greater risk of danger. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, it is important that you retain the counsel of a knowledgeable lawyer immediately after receiving proper medical care. Facial injuries, neck injuries, torn muscles, and other serious injuries are common when a dangerous animal is not properly restrained or fenced.
Dog Bite - Strict Liability
If you own a dog in California, and that dog bites someone, you are liable or legally responsible for the dog bite, if the person bitten was legally on the premises where the dog bite or dog attack occurred. Under California dog bite law, a dog that bites is the absolute responsibility of its owner. This concept is called strict liability under dog bite law in California. Animal attacks and animal bites are the strict liability of the animals’ owner. In California, if you own a dog, you pay for the dog bite injuries and all subsequent damages related to the dog bites or dog attack. When you have a dog bite case and you file a dog bite lawsuit, your California dog bite lawyers need only prove that the victim plaintiff was lawfully on the premises of where the dog attack occurred.
The defendant of the dog bite law suit who owned the dog is then strictly liable for all injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff victim.
If the owner of the dog owns a home, in most cases, liability for dog bites and dog attacks are covered by a homeowners insurance policy.