Who is Liable for Dog Bite Injuries in California?April 28, 2021
At Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc. our personal injury attorneys in Fresno understand how important dogs are to our California residents’ lives. They provide exceptional emotional and psychological support and are more like family members than they are pets.
That is why it comes as no surprise that California leads the country in the number of dog parks, vets, salons, dog-friendly hotels, and restaurants that make it easy for our faithful companions to accompany us on the go.
The problem becomes, dogs may not feel the same way about their public outings and surroundings as humans do, which can make them anxious, stressed, and even aggressive.
Over 4.5 million dog bites occur throughout the United States each year, and many can be the result of dogs accompanying its owners on errands, while they exercise, or enjoying a meal.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Fresno County, Kings County, Kern County, Madera County, Merced County, or Tulare County, our dog bite injury attorneys will outline your claim to ensure we pursue the medical care compensation you deserve for your injuries, as well as the lost income you are entitled to.
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What Are Our California Dog Bite Laws?
California has strict liability laws for dog owners.
Even when the dog has never shown any signs of aggression before, their owners may be liable if the dog bites someone on public or private property.
Even if the owner does all he or she can to restrain the dog, he or she may still be responsible for any dog bite that occurs.
The dog’s owner may be released from liability if the dog bite or attack occurs when a person was illegally trespassing, committing a crime, or committing a crime against the owner.
What are My Financial Compensation Options After a California Dog Bite?
Dog bites can lead to severe, even life-threatening infections that require extended and painful treatment.
They can also require ongoing doctor’s appointments when muscles, tendons, or skin are torn, ripped, or removed by the dog’s bite to ensure they are healing properly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30,000 dog bite victims require surgery each year to reconstruct their injuries while others suffer from permanent scarring and disfigurement.
This means the financial compensation our clients may need to get their lives back on track can be substantial and include:
- All current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished working capacity
- Psychological care and emotional therapy needs
- Additional out of pocket expenses incurred because the dog bite
You should not have to pay these expenses out of pocket, and our dog bite attorneys in Fresno will help you learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the dog’s owner for financial compensation for your unique injury needs.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim in California?
Dog bite victims have two years from the date the bite or attack occurred to file a personal injury claim against the owner. If the victim was a minor, meaning under the age of 18 in California, at the time of the attack, he or she must file a personal injury claim on or before his or her 20th birthday.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, contact our experienced Fresno personal injury lawyers in Fresno at Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc. today by calling 559.436.0850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.