Dog bites can create serious injuries that require long-term treatment, cause pain and suffering, permanent scarring or disfigurement, and create substantial medical costs. Brenner Law specializes in dog bite cases and can help victims recover compensation for these damages.
Dog Bite Liability Based on Statute
Statutory law governs the liability for dog bites that occur in California. California statutory law uses the doctrine of strict liability — or liability without fault — to govern the legal responsibility of dog owners for dog bites. In other states governed by common law, it is necessary to show that the dog owner knew or had reason to know that the dog was vicious or a danger to people and that the dog was likely to bite someone.
Under California statute, a dog owner is nearly always responsible for injuries caused by their dog. According to California Civil Code § 3342(a), it is unnecessary for a person bitten by a dog to prove the dog owner’s fault, regardless of whether the dog owner knew the dog was vicious or that the dog had bitten someone before. Even if a dog owner attempts to keep the dog from causing injury or has no knowledge that the dog is dangerous, the owner will not escape liability.
Dog Bite Liability Based on Negligence
California statute only imposes liability for dog bites on dog owners. Every person owes a duty of care to others to act as a reasonably, prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. A judge/jury may determine a person is negligent when they are unreasonably careless in maintaining control over a dog. For example, a violation of a leash law may offer sufficient proof to establish negligence.
A person injured by a dog bite may seek recovery for the following damages:
Medical bills, including costs for physical therapy, emergency room visits, medication, surgery and loss of income referred to as economic damages.
Damages related to pain, suffering, permanent scarring or disfigurement, stress, inconvenience, and fear referred to as general damages.
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