Holding Owners Responsible For Dog Bites And Animal Attacks
Dog bites can cause serious physical injuries as well as emotional injuries. On top of the traumatic experience, the dog’s owner may refuse to take responsibility.
Under California law, dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries inflicted by their animals. Yet you may need an attorney’s help to extract compensation for the medical bills and the other damages. Call The Mason Law Firm at 661-270-5677 for experienced representation in your dog bite claim.
California Law Is Clear On Dog Bite Liability
California is a strict liability state for dog bites. This means that the owner of the dog is presumed to responsible if their dog injures someone. It makes no difference whether the dog had previously attacked anyone or shown a “vicious propensity.” Even if it is the first bite, the owner is legally accountable. The only exception is a person who is bitten while trespassing or provoking the dog.
While the owner is strictly liable, that law does not extend to landlords, dog walkers or other keepers. To hold those parties accountable, we would have to prove negligence – such as allowing the dog to run loose or knowingly harboring a dangerous dog.
You are entitled to compensation for all aftermath of a dog bite:
- Medical bills for bite wounds or infections
- Reconstructive surgery or plastic surgery
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Nerve damage or impairment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, such as a child who has nightmares or anxiety around all dogs after the attack
Attorney Mason Rashtian brings over 20 years of experience to your case. He will work with you to make sure you are fully compensated.
Other Animal Attacks
Farmers, ranchers and owners of exotic pets are likewise accountable for injuries inflicted by their animals. We represented a man who was bitten by a rattlesnake and fell into a coma. We helped him recover compensation for his medical bills, which totaled $340,000, and for his pain and suffering.
Did You Know The Dog Or The Owner?
Attacks by stray dogs are rare. It is more likely that the dog belongs to a neighbor, a friend or a relative. This can create an awkward situation if you have substantial damages from a dog attack. Damages are usually paid by their homeowners’ insurance. But it is one more reason to hire an attorney to help you deal with a sensitive situation.
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, please call our Santa Clarita law office at 661-270-5677 or contact us online. In a free consultation, we will give our honest assessment and educate you as to your options. We take cases in the Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles County.
Our no-fee guarantee: There is never a fee for our representation unless we secure a monetary recovery in your case.