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California dog bite laws protect victims of dog attacks

| Jan 11, 2021 | Personal Injury

California dog bite laws provide protections for victims injured in a dog bite attack. Dog attacks can leave victims physically and emotionally scarred and injured which is why personal injury protections are available to victims of dog bites.

Dog owner liability

Dog and pet owners are strictly liable for any damages and injuries victims suffer. Provided the victim was bitten in a public place or in a private place lawfully, the dog owner will be liable for the harm the dog causes. Former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s propensity for viscous behavior are not required for the dog owner to be liable for the victim’s damages. Strict liability means that the dog owner or pet owner will be liable for bite injuries regardless of the circumstances.

Damages to help victims

Victims of dog bites may suffer extensive damages including extensive medical damages. A dog bite injury may require ongoing medical treatment and care that can include surgeries, hospitalizations and follow-up care. In addition, injured victims may be unable to work while they are trying to recover from their dog bite injuries. Lastly, victims of dog bites may suffer disabling and disfiguring injuries including scarring. They can also experience emotional trauma related to a dog bite attack.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their medical damages, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. California dog bite laws protect victims harmed by a dog bite attack and provide important legal remedies injured victims should be familiar with.