If you were attacked or bitten by an animal, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the animal’s owner. To get the settlement you and your family deserve, it is vital that you’re represented by an experienced personal injury attorney. A legal professional can offer insight regarding liability, or legal responsibility, the value of your claim and how best to proceed.
In California, dog bite claims are addressed on a strict liability basis, which means that dog owners may be held accountable for any injuries their animals cause to others, regardless of any propensity toward aggressive behavior or prior attacks. You don’t have to prove negligence on the part of the owner, and the only defense is if the dog bite victim provoked the dog into biting.
California does not use the “one-bite rule” in determining liability. In many other states, the dog owner can only be held responsible for a dog attack if he or she knew the dog had previously been aggressive.
The Statute of Limitations for a dog bite claim in California is two years from the date of the dog bite incident. Failure to file a lawsuit in this two year time period will cause your claim to be denied. It is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney as soon as possible to help maximize the value of your claim.
Many people underestimate the physical, as well as mental and emotional, impact a dog attack can have on a person, particularly a child. If you have been injured by a dangerous animal, you may be compensated for:
In rare cases, you may also be awarded “punitive damages” that punish the dog owner. However, in these cases you and your personal injury lawyer will have to show the dog owner was acting fraudulently or maliciously, disregarding the rights and safety of others.
A dog bite can leave you shaken and wondering where you can turn for help. Contact Pursley Law today to set up a meeting with a local dog bite lawyer.