There are thousands of dog bites in the United States every year. Most of them of are minor, but some of them are fatal. If you have suffered from a dog bite injury, there are options for you. Whether the law decides to prosecute anyone or not, you may be able to sue the at-fault party for damages. Keep reading to learn who is responsible when a dog bites in California, then contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 to speak to a personal injury attorney who can help you.
Dog Owners Are Responsible for Their Pet’s Actions in California
If a dog bites you in the state of California, the owner is almost always going to be held responsible. It is their legal responsibility to keep their dog leashed and restrained when their dog is not on their own property. If they do not do so, then the owner can be held responsible for any injuries or damages the dog causes.
In some states, the victim must prove that the owner of the dog had reason to believe that their dog was violent or aggressive. This is not the case in California. In this state, the owner is responsible for their dog’s actions no matter what they knew about their dog’s potential to act in that way. There are some exceptions, such as trespassers on their property being bitten by a dog, but in most cases the owner is responsible regardless of the situation.
Dog Bites Can Be More Serious Than Many People Realize
Some people think of dog bites as relatively minor. They think of a bite in which the skin is not broken or is barely broken. Unfortunately, in many cases it is much more serious than this. Dogs have very sharp teeth and those teen cha damage skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels and nerves. The victim of a dog bite can live with life-long injuries and disabilities such as decreased mobility, infections, blood loss, and more.
You Deserve the Maximum Compensation You Are Eligible For
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite attack, then you deserve compensation for you damages. The medical bills alone, which may include a hospital stay, a ride in an ambulance, surgery, prescription medications, and rehab, can be astronomically. When you add up the issues of lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages, it is easy to see the numbers go up dramatically.
The bad news is that you have suffered as a result of this dog bite. The good news is that at Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn we can help you recover damages. There is no cost to get an initial consultation and if we take your case, we will do so on a contingency basis that assures you do not pay us until we win your case. Call now at (310) 209-1600 to get started.