Dog Bite Lawyer in the San Fernando Valley
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Every year in the United States, approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs. Some of these bites result in minor injuries, while others require serious medical attention.
In any case, if a person is bitten by a dog in San Fernando Valley, they may be entitled to receive compensation for things like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so it is best to speak with an attorney after being bitten so they can determine if anything should be done.
California is a strict liability state, meaning that dog owners are ultimately liable for any damages caused by their pets, regardless of where the dog bite took place. Whether the dog bit someone on the owner's property, or in a public place in San Fernando Valley, the owner is still liable. The reasons for the dog's violent and aggressive behavior are also not important, only that they bit someone and the owner failed to take the proper measures to prevent the attack.
Understanding California Civil Code §2243
In California, if a dog bites someone in public or while on private property, the dog's owner is liable for the victim's injuries. It does not matter if the dog has a history of violence. Whether the owner could have predicted the attack or not is irrelevant; the owner is still liable.
However, if someone was bit by a dog after trespassing onto private property, the owner will not be held liable, as the victim can only sue for damages if he or she was bit while "lawfully in a private place." Another stipulation regarding dog bites comes from California Code §3342(b). If a police or military dog bites someone while performing official work after being annoyed, provoked, or harassed, the dog's owner will not be liable.
Situations where this section does not affect liability for military or police dogs include the following:
- When dogs are used during the investigation of a crime
- When dogs are acting to protect the peace officer
- When dogs are using during the execution of a warrant
San Fernando Valley Attorney Helping Dog Bite Victims
Dog bites and animal attacks can leave victims not only physically scarred, but psychologically scarred as well. Victims of dog bites tend to be very skittish and weary around other dogs after being attacked and may have a difficult time when they encounter these types of animals for the rest of their life, especially in cases where children are bitten.
Children account for a majority of dog bite victims, possibly due to their innocent nature and close proximity to dog's mouths. Children who are bitten by dogs tend to suffer injuries on their face and neck, leaving scars that can be disfiguring and will last a lifetime. In these cases, it is especially important to have representation from a San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a dog bite, contact a San Fernando Valley dog bite attorney at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus.
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