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There are different types of dog bite claims, depending largely on the specific circumstances of an attack. Regardless of the type of dog attack a victim was involved in, the majority of dog bite cases will primarily revolve around California Civil Code Section 3342, which provides that all dog owners are liable for any injuries suffered by anyone bitten by their dog. The keyword in the previous statement is bite, which means that an actual bite must have taken place. This statute will apply regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known about their dog’s dangerous condition.
All it takes is for a victim to be in a public place or lawfully on another person’s property when the attack took place, and a dog owner will automatically be responsible for any damages a victim suffers. Further, all dog owners will be strictly liable even if they didn’t know about their dog’s aggressive tendencies, and even if the dog had never displayed any aggressive behavior prior to the attack — ignorance of a dog’s dangerous condition will not excuse a dog owner of liability
Dog bite claims are generally complex and damages will vary greatly depending on the circumstances of a particular attack. If you or a loved one suffered a dog attack, it’s important that you speak with an experienced Los Angeles dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. The compassionate and experienced team of Los Angeles dog bite lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers understands what you are going through, and we will recover all the compensation you are entitled to if you or a loved one was the victim of a dog attack.
Below are the four most common types of dog bite cases:
Dog On Dog Attacks: Dog on dog aggression is dangerous because it has the potential to cause injuries to both people and dogs. A homeowner’s insurance policy may cover a person’s damages in such an incident, including pain and suffering, but unfortunately a dog’s pain and suffering is not covered.
Non-Aggressive Dog Attacks. Instances where a non-aggressive dog unintentionally attacks a human by knocking them over or tripping them are common. Large breeds in particular can easily weigh more than some persons, and a large, excitable dog can knock down and injure a person they may just be happy to see.
Dangerous Dog Breeds. There are some dogs that are inherently dangerous and have already known to attack and bite people. It’s important to know that a vast majority of homeowner’s insurance policies will exclude coverage for any damages caused by dangerous dog breeds, primarily Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. In California, dangerous dog breeds are governed by breed specific ordinances, that among other things, mandate that such breeds must be registered and spayed/neutered.
Dog Attacks On Children. A dog attack on a child will always raise unique liability issues, because dog bites and attacks on children require treatment not only for physical injuries, but for emotional and mental trauma. In the very worst cases, dog attacks on children can be fatal. A victim of such an attack may also be entitled to punitive damages on top of the normal damages they may already be entitled to.
A plaintiff needs to prove that a dog owner’s behavior was malicious in order to collect punitive damages. Malicious conduct is a type of behavior that intends to cause harm to another person. As it relates to a dog bite, or any form of animal attack, an injured plaintiff needs to prove that:
All states have a statute of limitations that places a strict deadline on personal injury lawsuits. A dog bite suit is a personal injury claim, and California statute’s of limitations on a personal injury case is two years. This means that an injured person has two years from the time the dog bite first occurred to preserve their rights and file a case in court.
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite or attack in the Los Angeles area, contact an experienced Los Angeles dog bite lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will help get you the maximum compensation for your short and long-term medical care and other losses and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Los Angeles dog bite lawyer at our firm are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.