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Dog bites are very serious and emotionally traumatic injuries, especially when children are involved. The city of Beverly Hills has strict laws when it comes to liability for dog owners whose animals bite someone. In summary, as long as you were bitten in a public place or while lawfully on private property, the dog owner will be responsible for any injuries you have suffered.
If you suffered a dog bite injury in Beverly Hills, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Beverly Hills dog bite injury attorneys 24/7 at (310) 928-0990 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about dog bite injury claims and damages you may be entitled to.What If The Dog Was Provoked?
This is an important consideration a Beverly Hills dog bite attorney will take into account when determining liability after a dog bite. Provocation can be interpreted in many ways. Some examples of provocation are straightforward, such as poking or teasing a dog, or even taunting it from behind a fence.
The above examples of dog taunting are all valid examples of behaviors that are intended to deliberately provoke a dog. However, there are many actions that can provoke a dog into biting which are not as obvious as the above examples.
In general, any actions that make a dog behave aggressively may qualify as acts of provocation. The role of provocation is very important because if it can be proven that you provoked a dog into attacking you, it is not likely that you will qualify for any financial compensation, even if you did suffer serious injuries. Furthermore, the dog owner will not be subject to liability.
If you suffered a dog bite injury and wish to file a claim for the recovery of damages, you must prove that the dog that bit you was not provoked. Please read below as we will discuss the standard of negligence as it applies to dog bites.Strict Liability In A Dog Bite Case
California is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. In other words, dog owners cannot avoid responsibility if their dog bites someone, whether they knew or should have known that their dog was capable of aggressive behavior in the first place. Furthermore, according to strict liability, dog owners are held responsible for any losses resulting from their dog biting someone, whether the dog in question had previously bitten someone or not.
If you suffered a dog bite in the Beverly Hills area and want to file a claim for the recovery of damages, you only need to prove that the bite occurred when you were in a public place or lawfully on private property. When it comes to dog bites, victims are not required to show that a dog owner was negligent or didn’t take reasonable care.However, there are a few exceptions to this. Even if you suffered dog bite injuries, you will NOT usually be entitled to damages when:
- You were trespassing on private property
- You deliberately provoked the dog
- The dog was protecting its owner or someone else according to California's self-defense laws
- The dog was actively engaged in military or police work
Dog bite victims in California are typically entitled to financial compensation for losses suffered after a dog attack. Compensatory damages may include:
- Emotional Distress
- Lost Wages
- Property Loss
- Medical Bills
- Physical/Vocational Therapy
- Psychological Counseling
- Lost Earning Capacity
- Loss Of Limb(s)
All states have a statute of limitations which limits how long a dog bite victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit. Dog bite claims are filed as personal injury claims, and California’s statute of limitation on a personal injury case is two years.
If you were injured in a dog attack, you have exactly two years from the time the dog bite occurred in order to preserve your rights and file a claim in court for the recovery of damages. Beverly Hills Dog Park Laws And Regulations The following information is important. Many people don’t actually know that puppies (dogs under four months) are not allowed in dog parks. Only grown dogs are allowed at city beaches and parks. For obvious reasons, aggressive dogs are never allowed in city beaches or parks.
Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. They are also required to wear a collar and tag with their owner’s contact information. Furthermore, a dog must be on a leash that can be restricted to eight (8) feet or less. Finally, dog owners must maintain control of their pets while it is leashed.Below is a list of Beverly Hills dog park laws:
- Food, dog treats, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
- Female dogs in a stage of heat are never permitted. LAMC. 53.29
- All dogs must be leashed at all times. LAMC. 53.06.2(a)
- Defecation must be immediately removed. LAMC. 53.49
- Dogs four months of age and older must be vaccinated and licensed. All dogs must wear tags and collars. LAMC. 53.51, 53.15.3(a) and 53.21
- Vicious dogs are not allowed. LAMC. 53.34
- Dogs must be spayed/neutered. LAMC. 53.15.2
- If a dog bite or injury occurs, the dog owner must exchange contact information with the injured individual. 398 P
- Dogs cannot be left unattended inside a vehicle. 597.7 PC
- Alcohol is not allowed LAMC. 41.27
- Any dogs who are suffering from a communicable disease are not allowed
If you have sustained a dog bite injury in the Beverly Hills area as a result of someone’s negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Beverly Hills dog bite injury attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered.
Call us today at (310) 928-0990 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.