Dog bites are terrifying. They can cause extensive injury, permanent scarring and instill a lifelong terror of dogs, even ones that post no threat. Child victims may suffer a dog phobia that persists well into adulthood. Both psychological and physical damage may occur.
If you've been bitten by a dog, the Accident Duo may be able to win a large settlement for your injuries. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need medical care for years to come, not to mention possible psychological therapy to help you cope with your new terror of dogs.
The good news is that California has some of the most stringent dog bite laws in the country. California law is clear: it holds dog owners wholly responsible for the actions of their owned dogs. It's the dog owner's responsibility to confine and control the animal so it doesn't harm anyone, so a dog bite accident cannot occur.
Establishing a Dog Bite Claim
It's really not that difficult to bring a claim for this type of lawsuit:
You must prove the dog's ownership
There must be proof of harm and that the dog directly caused it
The victim was bitten while on public property or while legally on private property
This means that if the dog were loose on the street and attacked you or if you were legally on the dog owner's property at the time of the attack, you may have a case. The strength of your case will depend mostly upon the degree of injury involved. California law requires you to bring your case within two years of the injury.
California Civil Code 3342: Dog Bites
This is the statute that places all liability for a dog's behavior on the owner. In other words, this law sets forth that the owner knew or should have known about any possible dangers from his or her dog and should have taken precautions. For example, if the dog owner knew that the animal was nervous around strangers, he or she should have confined it where it couldn't bite anyone.
California Civil Code 3342.5
This is the menacing dog statute. It states that after a dog has bitten any person at least twice, the owner is subject to an action by the city attorney or district attorney. This action can force the dog owner to prove that he or she has taken precautions to prevent the dog from biting again. It can also result in the removal or destruction of the animal of necessary.
If you've been the victim of a dog bite accident, you've already been traumatized. At The Rezvani Law Firm let The Accident Duo guide you through the legal system to get you the compensation you deserve.
We offer a free consultation and a contingency fee arrangement. This means we take our fees after we win your case. You pay nothing upfront. Call us today and we will get started on your case right away.
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