Providing Legal Information After A California Dog Bite Injury
Dog attacks are terrifying experiences that no one should have to endure. If a dog bite left you or a loved one with serious damages, you have the right to seek compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.
My name is Jared Pursley. Injury victims throughout Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marco and the nearby communities turn to my law firm, Pursley Law Firm, for personal legal counsel after dog bite incidents.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about dog bites. For additional questions, reach out today.
When is a dog owner liable for a dog bite injury in California?
Animals are unpredictable, and humans cannot always control them. However, pet owners still have to answer when their dog attacks another person. California has strict liability laws for dog owners, which means that the state will automatically hold the owner liable if their dog bites someone while on public premises or while lawfully on private premises.
What types of compensation can I recover for my child’s dog bite?
When dogs attack children, the damages can prove catastrophic. On behalf of your child, you may have the right to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future rehabilitative care
- Prescription medications
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning potential
It is important to not accept an offer from the dog owner or their insurance provider without speaking to an attorney first. To get a better idea of what your claim is worth, contact my office today, virtually or over the phone. I offer free consultations.
Can I file a claim if any dog bit my child or only certain dog breeds?
When it comes to dog bite claims, California does not have any laws regarding the breed of dog. Whether the dog responsible for the attack is a golden retriever, pit bull or bichon frise, you still have the right to file a personal injury claim to recover damages. However, some insurance policies have language that deny coverage for certain breeds of dogs. Even so, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit directly against the homeowner instead of their insurance provider.
Are there defenses a dog owner can use to bar my recovery?
Most dog owners and/or their insurance providers will try to avoid paying your claim. They might argue that:
- The bite did not take place on public premises.
- You were not on their private premises lawfully.
- Your injury does not count as a bite under California law.
- You have a share of fault in the injury.
I have seen these defenses myself while handling dog bite claims. I work to dismantle these defenses through tireless evidence-gathering and other techniques to make sure that you recover the fair and just compensation you deserve.