Understanding the Scale of Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can range from minor scratches to severe injuries requiring medical attention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, with about 20% of these cases requiring medical treatment. Understanding the potential severity of dog bite injuries is crucial for both dog owners and victims.

When California Dog Owners Are Liable for Bites

In California, dog owners can be held strictly liable for dog bite injuries under certain circumstances.

According to California Civil Code Section 3342, also known as the “Dog Bite Law,” dog owners are liable for damages if their dog bites someone in a public place or lawfully on private property, regardless of the dog’s prior behavior or the owner’s knowledge of its viciousness. This strict liability applies even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.

What Should You Do if You are a Dog Bite Victim?

1. Seek Medical Attention

Even minor bites can lead to infections or other complications.

2. Report the Incident

Contact local authorities to document the incident.

3. Identify the Dog Owner

Obtain the owner's contact information and the dog's vaccination records if possible

4. Document the Scene

Take photos of the bite wound and any other injuries.

5. Consult with a Dog Bite Attorney

An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation for your injuries.

What Happens if Your Dog Bites Another Dog?

California law also holds dog owners responsible if their dog injures another animal. In such cases, the injured dog’s owner may pursue compensation for veterinary bills and other damages. Dog owners should take steps to prevent their dogs from injuring other animals, such as keeping them on a leash or properly training them.

Filing A Claim When A Dog Does Not Bite But Causes Injury

While California’s Dog Bite Law specifically addresses dog bites, dog owners can still be held liable for injuries caused by their dogs, even if the dog did not actually bite someone. If a dog knocks someone over, causes them to fall, or otherwise injures them, the victim may still have grounds for a personal injury claim against the dog owner. Proving negligence in these cases may require demonstrating that the owner failed to properly control or restrain the dog.

Compensation For Victims Under California Dog Bite Liability

Covering the cost of medical treatment, including emergency care, surgeries, and rehabilitation

Compensation for income lost due to missed work while recovering from injuries.

Damages for physical pain, emotional distress, and psychological trauma caused by the dog bite.

Additional compensation for permanent scarring or disfigurement resulting from the bite.

Reimbursement for any personal property damaged during the dog attack, such as clothing or accessories.

How Can the Legal Team at Law Offices of Adrianos Facchetti Help After a Dog Bite?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite incident in California, the legal team at Adrianos Facchetti Law is here to help. Our experienced attorneys understand the complexities of dog bite liability laws and can guide you through the legal process with compassion and expertise.

From investigating the incident to negotiating with insurance companies or litigating in court, we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

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