Every state will have a different set of laws with regard to dog ownership and responsibility for dog bites. This article will highlight some of the most common circumstances of when a dog owner could be held liable for biting a person. It is important to acknowledge that these laws may also cover other injuries caused by a dog, not simply from a bite. If you or someone you know was either bit or attacked by a dog, there may be an opportunity to seek financial compensation for the injuries sustained. Speak to a qualified lawyer who is qualified in dealing with dog bite cases. 

The State of California’s Strict Liability Laws

The State of California is one of the few states that holds strict liability laws against dog owners. It will hold pet owners responsible for most dog bite related injuries. When a dog bite victim pursues a claim in an effort to seek compensation for the injuries he or she may have sustained, the law gives little regard to the pet owners. This means that it does not matter if the pet owner knew or did not know that his or her pet would act in an aggressive manner toward others. Further, the law would also not give regard to owners who claim that their pet had no previous history of being vicious. Pet owners cannot argue that their dogs were not dangerous. Under California’s strict liability laws, pet owners also cannot argue that they took the proper precautions to prevent an attack from happening.

Strict Liability Law Restrictions

California’s strict liability laws have certain limitations when it comes to injuries caused by a dog. A pet owner will be held strictly responsible for the injuries of another if the following conditions apply:

  • The victim was bitten by the dog; and
  • The victim wason either public property or was legally in a private place when the situation occurred.

A person who can be considered to be legally on a private premise could include a mail carrier, who is on the property carrying out legal matters. Further, a bite victim cannot file a lawsuit against a dog that is doing work for either law enforcement or the military.

Obtain Legal Support

The State of California is one of the few states that have strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to being attacked or bitten by a dog, consider speaking to a qualified attorney. An attorney with the right experience can guide you through your available options and possibly assist you in obtaining compensation for the injuries you have sustained. The attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP., have extensive experience in dealing with dog bite claims. They are dedicated to assisting victims obtaining financial restitution for the injuries they have sustained.