San Francisco Dog Bite Lawyer
Hire a San Francisco Dog Bite Attorney
San Francisco has an estimated population of 232,000 dogs. The city’s demographic of young and rich residents who have shown little to no interest in wanting children has likely contributed to the popularity of owning a dog. With such a large number of dogs living in the area, it comes to no surprise that San Francisco has been declared as one of the worst cities for dog attacks. In 2020, there were reports of more than 14 dog attacks that took place, mostly towards mailmen who were trying to deliver mail or packages to the front door of a house. Since dogs have the role of acting as a security guard to protect their territory, they will act aggressively to intimidate strangers who appear in front of them.
As it is understandable for a person to want their dog to protect their property, it should be done to a certain extent. Dog owners are expected to train their dogs to act appropriately in situations where there is no danger or threat, such as in a setting where a person is casually walking nearby or when a mailman is delivering mail. If a dog fails to act calmly around these types of situations, then clearly, the dog owner must enforce obedience training to prevent the dog from harming innocent strangers.
If you suffered a dog bite in San Francisco and want to sue for the recovery of damages, all you need to prove is that the bite occurred in a public place or while lawfully on someone else’s private property. You are not required to show that the dog owner was negligent or didn’t take reasonable care. Our experienced San Francisco dog bite attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you acquire recoverable compensation for your losses. With our track record of winning more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we are confident that we will deliver a good outcome to your case.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (415)-326-8794 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our San Francisco personal injury law firm.
San Francisco Dog Laws
In San Francisco, dogs that are 4 months old and older, are required to be licensed. Licenses are valid for 1 to 3 years depending on your dog’s rabies vaccination. If you are a new resident of the city, you will be given 30 days to acquire a dog license, otherwise, you may be charged with a late fee.
Dog Leash Law
San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) is required to enforce dog leash laws. Dog owners are expected to have their dog on a leash that is no longer than 8 feet in length. This is done to prevent dogs from attacking or biting people or other pets that are nearby. This rule has also been established in order to protect dogs from running into traffic and getting seriously injured or killed.
The Vicious and Dangerous Dog Unit (VDDU) investigates dog bite reports. The VDDU urges victims to report their dog bite incident to police. The police will appear at the scene of the attack and create an official police report. This report will be sent to the VDDU, which will be evaluated to determine what would be the most appropriate action to take in order to ensure public safety.
Police officers are given the authority to impound a dog that appears to threaten the safety of the city. These impounded dogs will be held in custody until a Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearing is administered. Dogs that are not impounded, but still show signs of aggression, can also be eligible for a Vicious and Dangerous Dog Hearing. The intention behind these hearings is to protect the safety and welfare of the community by figuring out what actions would help the dog pose as less of a public threat. Common resolutions that have been used to treat an aggressive dog includes educating the dog owner on how to take care of their dog, obedience training, muzzling, and inspecting the dog owner’s property.
Filing a Dog Bite Claim
If you are interested in taking legal actions against the dog owner for your injuries and/or damages, you will need to contact an experienced San Francisco dog bite attorney to assist you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. The attorney will help you strengthen your claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and get you the fair amount of compensation you deserve for your losses.
It is understandable for those who are victims of a dog bite to shy away from the idea of filing a claim since they may know the dog owner as a friend or relative or may have the fear of wondering what would happen to the animal. You have all the right to choose what path you would rather prefer to take. Just remember, you should always put your health and safety first. If you were seriously wounded and are facing health problems from the incident, it would be beneficial on your end to take legal action against the dog owner.
Statute of Limitations
A dog bite claim is considered as a personal injury claim. California’s statute of limitations on a personal injury case is two years starting from the initial date of the incident. There are some exceptions that may apply for an extension. The plaintiff must be:
- A minor
- Legally insane
Available Damages for a Dog Bite Claim
Damages are a monetary award that is determined by a court to compensate a dog bite victim for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of a dog bite. It is intended to compensate an aggrieved individual for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to.
Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses a dog bite victim has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries, such as loss of earning capacity, medical bills, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here to Help
If you have suffered a dog bite injury, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A San Francisco dog bite attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for your losses.