California dog-bite law
Have you been bit by a dog? Dog bites can be very serious and have lasting physical and mental effects one yet. California has specific laws on dog bites, so it’s important to get a lawyer who knows all about the laws and how you can receive maximum compensation for your losses. Eldessouky Law has a family of lawyers who are extremely experienced in California dog-bite law, and if you have been injured from a dog bite, it’s time for you to call 714-409-8991 to schedule your free consultation with one of our lawyers serving Whittier, California.
What are the dog-bite laws in California?
California has a strict liability law for dogs. This means that the owner of the dog is liable for the injuries caused by their dog’s bite even if the dog does not have a history of biting. This is different than some states that have a one-bite rule which means the owner is only liable if the dog has bitten someone before or has a history of aggressive behavior. It’s also important to note that this law is specifically for injuries from a dog bite. If you have been injured in a different way by a dog, then you will have to prove negligence like any other personal injury case. If you have more questions about what kind of case you have, or what laws apply to your situation, get in contact with one of our dog-bite lawyers to get all your questions answered.
What kind of compensation can I get from a dog-bite claim?
If you can successfully prove that you were injured from a dog bite while either on public property or legally on private property, then you may be able to receive compensatory damages. These include, but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Physical or vocational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the use of a limb
If you are a family member of someone who was killed by a dog bite, then you may have a wrongful death claim and may be eligible to receive compensation for the loss of your loved one.
In a less likely case, you may also be able to recover punitive damages as well as compensatory damages. This usually only occurs when a defendant has engaged in particularly malicious behavior. While these situations are less common, there are no laws prohibiting a plaintiff from receiving recovery from punitive damages. Your best bet in receiving the most amount of recovery from a dog-bite claim is by getting help from one of our skilled attorneys at Eldessouky Law.
Why do I need a lawyer in a dog-bite case?
While it may seem fairly simple to prove your dog-bite case, there are possible defenses that may come up. Ways in which the defense may try to fight back is by claiming:
- You were trespassing
- The dog was provoked
- The dog was protecting its owner in accordance with self-defense laws
- The dog was a military or police dog and following out its duties
In these cases, you will want an attorney to help represent you and build a strong case against the defense.
There are also multiple California laws surrounding criminal charges for dog-bites. A lawyer will know all about these laws and help cater your case to these different laws. It will ultimately be up to the District Attorney to decide whether or not criminal charges can be brought up against the owner, some of these include:
- Animal abuse or cruelty, Penal Code 597 PC
- Dogfighting, Penal Code 597.5 PC
- Failing to control dangerous dog or animal, Penal Code 399 PC
- Creating a public nuisance, Penal Code 372
- Unlawful tethering of a dog, Health and Safety Code 12233 HS
- Leaving an animal in an unattended vehicle, Penal Code 597.7 PC
These codes that as a regular citizen you probably don’t know much about, but our dog-bite lawyers do have knowledge of. Also, the strength of your case may affect what happens to a dog. Having a lawyer help you is crucial to this. Dog is not usually euthanized after a dog-bite case, unless the dog has bitten someone on at least two separate occasions or if the dog was specifically trained to attack. If the dog has bitten before, the owner also owes a special duty of care to make sure the dog does not bite again. You will be much safer if you get one of our lawyers to help you in your case and make sure you do not get attacked again, or that the right parties are punished for the dog’s aggressive behavior.
Why choose Eldessouky Law to represent you in a dog-bite case?
Eldessouky Law is your best choice in a dog-bite case because we will give you a free consultation with one of the best dog-bite lawyers in the state. We will also take on your case for free and we will not ask for any money if we cannot win your case. It’s time for you to fight back against owners and their aggressive dogs.