Dog Bites Can Cause Major Personal Injury
Have you been the victim of a dog bite? If you have been bitten by a dog see a personal injury lawyer to learn your rights. Dog bite laws vary from state to state. Failure to consult with a legal professional like Farling Hecht Davis could leave you liable for your own damages, pain, and suffering.
Our Personal injury attorneys want you to know the following about dog-bite attacks in California:
If you have been bitten by a dog in California, you have two years to file a claim or bring a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations means that after two years you may not be able to file the case in court; once the deadline has passed, the court typically throws out your claim and rejects legal action.
When it comes to a dog bite, California law puts the responsibility and liability on the owner when:
1) There are damages from a dog bite
2) When the victim was bitten in public or while lawfully on private property. “Lawfully” means that the individual is a customer, guest, or inhabitant of the property.
In California, the term ‘strict liability’ means that owners are not allowed to place the blame of the incident on the fact that they didn’t know their dog could act aggressively. Even in cases where the dog has no history of aggression or bites, the owner is completely liable for damages related to the attack.
Issues Related to Liability
Since California is a strict liability state, pet owners may try to establish that the victim was trespassing on private property to avoid being liable for damages. Also, if the dog is a police or military canine, the handlers and owners may be off the hook as the dog is performing its civic duties at the time of the bite. Different variables apply. So, it is most prudent to consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience in dog-bite attacks.
Get Help from a San Jose and South Bay Personal Injury Lawyer
Are you the victim of a dog-bite attack? Talk to a Bay Area personal injury lawyer immediately, or you could miss out on compensation for your injuries and damages. Talk to the legal professionals at Farling, Hecht & Davis, LLP, a San Jose, CA law firm, to learn your rights and if appropriate, file your claim. Contact us through our website here.