Do you need a dog bite lawyer?
Have you been recently bitten by a dog? Did you sustain serious injuries from this bite? Did you sustain an injury of any level from this bite? No matter what, this must have had an impact on you. Hospital bills, medications, treatment, you name it. Dog bites can really put a dent in your wallet as well as scar you mentally. Getting bit by a dog may uncover a darker side of dogs you never knew. If you are seeking compensation for your losses after a dog bite, then you need to contact Eldessouky Law at 714-409-8991 and speak with one of our dog bite lawyers serving Paramount, California.
What are dog bite laws in California?
California is unique because it has very strict dog bite laws. Some states have a one bite rule, which means they do not hold the owner liable for damages unless the dog has bitten once before. However, in California, the owner is liable for damages no matter what the history of the dog is. So if you have been bitten by a dog, you are able to sue for damages even if the dog has never bitten anyone before, has never shown signs of aggression, or the owner had no knowledge of the dog’s aggressive nature. This is called the strict liability rule, and the two factors that must be proven in a dog bite case are that you were injured from a dog bite and that this happened on public property or while you were legally on private property.
While this may seem simple to prove, there are many defenses that may be used against you, so it is wise to get help from a lawyer for your dog bite case. Some ways in which the defense may try to fight back against your claim are by saying:
- You were trespassing
- You provoked the dog
- The dog was protecting its owner or another person
- The dog was a military or police dog following the agency’s written policy
One of our lawyers will be able to build you a strong case and make sure that any defenses that are brought up are addressed so that you can still receive compensation for your damages.
What if I was injured in a different way by a dog?
California’s strict liability rule only applies to dog bites. If you were injured in a different way from a dog, then you will want to pursue a regular personal injury suit, which our lawyers are capable of helping with as well. In personal injury cases, you will need to prove the defendant was negligent. Negligence is proved with three factors present:
- The owner of the dog owed a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached
- The breach directly resulted in your injuries