Are California Dog Owners Liable When Their Pets Bite?
In most cases, yes. Under California law, dog owners are strictly liable (automatically responsible) when their dogs cause injury. You don’t have to prove that the pet owner was negligent; you don’t have to prove that the dog was known to be vicious.
You are entitled to compensation even if the dog has never bit anyone else or accidentally hurt you. You are still entitled to compensation if the injury occurred on the pet owner’s property or if the dog was on a leash when it attacked.
So Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
There a many reasons why victims of dog bites need legal advocacy. In some cases, the dog owner may refuse to pay if you do not have legal representation. Or, the dog owner may claim trespassing or provocation (valid defenses to a dog bite lawsuit).
In other situations, you may need a buffer in the awkward situation in which the dog’s owner is your friend, neighbor or relative. Further, hiring a lawyer who knows the law and can access your damages is vital to ensuring any insurance company involved offers you a fair settlement for your specific situation.
Recovering Compensation For Your Dog Bite Or Attack
I am Jared Pursley, a personal injury attorney who handles dog bite cases in Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and the surrounding North County area.
I know how costly a dog bite injury can be, especially for young children who are more likely to bitten on the face or head. As your legal advocate, I will fight to recover compensation to pay for medical services to treat infections, nerve damage, tissue damage and possible reconstructive surgery.
Many dog bite victims also require counseling for the emotional trauma of the event or for ongoing fear and anxiety when they encounter any dog.
I will fight to make sure you or your loved one receives any and all treatment needed for the particular incident.
Contact My Office Today To Learn More
Contact my firm in Carlsbad, Pursley Law Firm, to learn more about your case and possible recovery.