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California is ranked as the #1 state in the nation for dog bite injuries. Pasadena alone has nearly 19,321 dogs. With so many Pasadena residents inviting guests over to their homes, it is always a possibility that a dog attack may take place. It all depends on how the dog was trained by its owner. Other common scenarios include being attacked by a domestic or wild dog while simply walking through the streets of Pasadena. 

To understand whether or not you need to report a dog bite, you must have been seriously harmed to the point where you needed medical treatment to heal your wounds. If you suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, it is recommended that you contact an experienced Pasadena dog bite attorney as soon as possible. They will help you take legal action against the dog owner and recover any damages owed to you for your injuries. 

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have experienced Pasadena dog bite attorneys with over 60 years of collective legal experience handling dog bite cases. Our Pasadena personal injury law firm has recovered over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. After winning more than 5,000 cases, we are confident that you will not be disappointed with the end-results of your settlement. 

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our Pasadena dog bite attorneys, contact our legal team 24/7 by calling (626) 412-8157 or emailing [email protected]

Dog Bit A Trespasser

Trespassers are classified as individuals who are not allowed or invited to another individual's property. However, this does not necessarily mean that someone entering a property without consent is identified as a trespasser. Salespeople or solicitors may enter a property without locked gates or granted permission. 

Under California’s Civil Code 1714(a): “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person…”

Property owners have a duty of care to maintain safe conditions on their premises. A duty of care means that a property owner should take or should have taken certain actions to protect other individuals from being harmed while on their premises. A duty of care applies differently, depending on the type of individual that is in the area. 

Trespassers are not given much of a duty of care compared to invitees or licensees. Property owners are mainly responsible for providing reasonable care to a trespasser. This means that property owners will not be held liable for the trespasser suffering injuries or losses if the conditions on the property were reasonably safe. Reasonable care must include having the property owner set up locked gates, fences, or warning signs to not enter their premises. If the property owner has an aggressive dog, for example, they need to put up a “BEWARE of dog” sign. 

A trespasser is not owed a duty of care, but there are circumstances where a property owner could still be held liable for their injuries or losses. If the homeowner was aware of their dog being dangerous and did not put up any warning signs, they may be found at-fault for a dog bite injury. 

Does Size Or Breed Affect Liability?

Size does not affect liability, but breed will. In California, there are established breed-specific laws for dogs. These laws primarily target Pitbulls, along with other breeds that are included in the Pitbull line. This also includes dogs that are mixed with Pitbull blood. 

Within the past 12 years, there have been 392 deaths caused by dog bites in the United States. About 65 percent of these deaths were from Pitbulls. 76 percent were from both Pitbulls and Rottweilers. Combining dog breeds that are considered as “cousins” of Pitbulls and Rottweilers increases the percentage to 90. 

Under the Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL), Pitbulls that are more than four months old, along with all dogs mentioned on the BSL list, are required to be licensed. The BSL list includes:

  • American Staffordshire Terriers.
  • American Pitbull Terriers.
  • Other dogs that have the same blood heritage of bull-baiting as mentioned in the United Kennel Club. 
Dog Breed Home Insurance

There is a list of dogs that are not covered by a home insurer. This is mainly because they are seen as dangerous breeds. 

  • Chow. They get startled and become irritated very easily. 
  • German Shepherd. This breed becomes quickly agitated and may have problems with humans and other animals. 
  • Doberman Pinscher. At times, they will exhibit a lot of dominance and territorial behavior. 
  • Great Dane. Due to the size of this breed, it may be difficult to properly control them. Additionally, they need to develop socialization skills during their puppy phase to avoid being a risk to others. 
  • Pitbull. This breed has been known for aggressive behavior. 
  • Akita. They were bred primarily for protection and to hunt. This breed must have strict training or else they will become aggressive. 
  • Rottweiler. This breed is also aggressive. 
  • Siberian Husky. They instinctively like to chase anything. This breed could be seen as a potential risk to children. 

Each of these breeds is large in size and have a powerful impact on the individual they have bitten. It is important for dog owners to take extra caution when taking care of these types of dogs. Encouraging them to perform acts of violence will rarely end well for the dog owner and the dog itself.

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If you were a victim of a dog bite injury, West Coast Trial Lawyers has Pasadena dog bite attorneys readily available to assist you. There are no financial risks involved when using our services. No fees will be charged until your case has been won or settled. To schedule a free consultation at our Pasadena personal injury law firm, reach out to our legal staff by calling (626) 412-8157 or emailing [email protected]

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