Folsom Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
While most dog bites do not result in significant injuries, unfortunately, many do. A dog bite may not seem like an extreme enough incident to file any sort of legal claim. However, dog bites can result in severe injuries from infections and nerve damage to broken bones.
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Dog bite injuries are not only painful but can quickly become costly as medical bills pile up. In some cases, the dog bite injury may be so severe the victim is unable to work, leaving them with endless medical bills and no source of income.
Dog bite incidents can be complicated legally and personally. In addition to the legal stress of filing a claim, many dog bite victims know the dog owner. Victims who know the dog owner now have an added emotional and personal factor that makes a naturally stressful situation even more stressful. When it comes to filing a claim for fair compensation, dog bite victims might feel it’s unfair to do so because of their relationship with the dog owner. Still, victims are entitled to fair compensation for any injuries or additional damages the incident caused.
Understanding California’s Strict Liability Dog Bite Statute
Under California Civil Code section 3342, the dog bite statute states that dog owners are strictly liable for damages if:
- The dog bite directly caused damages
- The person was bitten in a public place or lawfully private place (including the dog owner’s property)
For California’s dog bite statute to apply, the injury must be caused by a dog bite, not any other behaviors from the dog. Meaning that if a dog attacks the victim but injures the victim by scratching, not biting, then the dog bite statute is not applicable. However, California’s negligence rules apply to situations where the dog harms the victim without biting.
This statute does not apply to dog bite injuries resulting from dogs carrying out law enforcement or military duties.
What Does Strict Liability Mean?
California’s strict liability dog bite statute means that the owner cannot escape liability for a dog bite by claiming they did not know the dog would behave aggressively. The owner is responsible for all damages caused by the dog bite, even if there was no previous history of aggressiveness.
What to Do after a Dog Bite Incident
The actions victims take immediately after and following a dog bite incident play a vital role in the success of their claim. A successful claim hinges on proper documentation, meeting deadlines, and having the necessary skills and resources. Protect your legal rights and preserve the viability of your claim by doing the following:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Identify the dog owner, write down their information
- Ask the dog owner about insurance coverage
- Report the incident to local animal control
- Obtain the name, address, and phone number of any witnesses
- Take photos of your injuries
- Consult with an attorney
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Retain Experienced Folsom Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
It’s also important to remember that the statute of limitations for dog bite claims is two years in California. However, victims should not wait until the last minute to file a claim because they risk the viability of their claim. Consult an attorney as soon as possible and start pursuing your right to fair compensation.
Contact the Law Offices of JG Winter Folsom Dog Bite Lawyer
Suffering an injury from a dog bite can leave you both physically and mentally scarred. The injury may require weeks or months of rehab that prevent you from working, leaving you with costly medical bills and no income. At the Law Offices of JG Winter, we understand the severity and complex nature of dog bite claims. That’s why we are here for you. When you’re injured in a dog bite incident, we are here every step of the way to provide personalized and compassionate legal representation. You can schedule a consultation today at (916) 824-3606 or fill out our contact form on our website.
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