Who Can Be Held Liable for a San Diego Dog Bite?
Dog bites are often the result of a negligent and/or abusive owner failing to properly restrain, care for, train, or handle their animal. Dogs are typically treated like members of a family, so many of them are well-behaved and pleasant to be around. However, this does not mean that a dog owner is not responsible for an overly aggressive or vicious dog.
Dog owners who fail to control their pet's behavior may be held legally accountable for any damage or injuries their dog causes. But dog bite cases can be complicated, and filing a personal injury claim over a dog bite can be an arduous process. However, with Jurewitz Law Group, you know that you're in good, competent hands. Let our seasoned attorneys handle your legal matters so that you can put all your energy into physically recovering.
Frequently Asked Questions After a Dog Bite
Q: How much time do I have to file a dog bite claim?
A: In California‚ the statute of limitations for filing a claim is two years from the date of the dog bite incident. Any attempts you make to file a lawsuit after this window has passed will be denied. You should get in touch with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney right away. The longer you wait‚ the worse your chances of attaining a full and fair settlement.
Q: I was attacked by a dog, but it didn’t break my skin. Can I still file a dog bite claim?
A: Yes. A dog bite claim doesn’t have to involve a serious or noticeable injury in order to be legitimate. The fact that a dog’s jaws came into contact with any part of your body is enough to establish a claim. Although you do not have any physical scars‚ you may base your claim on the psychological effects of such a traumatic and frightening experience.
Q: If I suffered a dog bite at work or on someone else’s property‚ what can I do to recover damages?
A: You may have the option of filing for workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered a dog bite while performing your job duties. If you were bitten on someone else’s property‚ you may have a premises liability case. Determining liability is never a simple affair. An experienced San Diego animal attack lawyer can help you examine the details surrounding the incident and identify the liable party.
Q: A dog in my apartment building bit me. Can I sue my landlord or the City of San Diego for my injuries?
A: Under California law‚ a dog owner is “strictly liable” (meaning they are responsible for injuries caused by their dog‚ even when they are acting carefully) for any injuries caused by their dog. But‚ because they are living in an apartment building‚ they may not necessarily have the resources to pay for your medical treatment. Usually, an insurance company hired by the dog owner will pay for those costs, but renters typically do not purchase renters insurance.
You could sue the landlord for your injuries. However‚ you would need to prove that the landlord not only knew about the dog‚ but also knew about the dog’s dangerous nature and did not take any reasonable action to warn/protect you and the other residents.
As for suing the City of San Diego for your injuries‚ you would probably not be successful. Even if you could present facts that might form the basis for a lawsuit‚ the City has sovereign immunity (meaning that it can’t be sued in most circumstances).
How Can a San Diego Dog Bite Lawyer Prove Fault After a Dog Bite?
To prove fault in a lawsuit involving a dog attack, the victim will need a wide array of evidence, and must present this evidence in an organized and efficient manner. With our San Diego dog bite injury attorneys on your side, you can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in tracking down the right witnesses and obtaining persuasive medical evidence. Jurewitz Law Group thoroughly evaluates a case to determine the most effective course of action for getting our clients the compensation that is rightfully theirs.