Dog Bite FAQs
I was attacked by a dog. Fortunately‚ none of its bites broke the skin. Can I still file a dog bite claim?
If I have suffered a dog bite at work or on someone else’s property‚ what can I do to recover damages?
A: In California‚ the statute of limitations for filing a dog bite claim is two years. In other words‚ you have two years from the date of the dog bite incident to seek compensation. Any attempts you make to file a lawsuit after the window has passed will be denied. You should get in touch with an experienced California personal injury attorney right away. The longer you wait‚ the worse your chances get at attaining a full and fair settlement.
A: You may recover the following damages depending on the circumstances of your case:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of future treatment for disfigurement and
- Therapy‚ if determined to be necessary
Q: I was attacked by a dog. Fortunately‚ none of its bites broke the skin. Can I still file a dog bite claim?
A: Yes. A dog bite claim does not have to involve a serious or even a noticeable injury in order to be legitimate. Just the very 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. Consult with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney to see if you have a case.
Q: If I have 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. Only 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‚ causing an injury that required medical attention. I had previously reported the dog to my landlord and to animal control. The owner of the dog let it run around although it showed previous signs of aggression. Now that I’m injured‚ the owner of the dog is refusing to compensate 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. In your case‚ then‚ the dog owner is responsible to pay for your injuries.
But‚ because he or she is 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. However‚ renters typically do not purchase renters insurance.
So‚ you’re stuck in between a rock and a hard place.
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 that the landlord 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‚ I’m afraid you would not be successful. Even if you could present facts which might form the basis for a lawsuit‚ the City has numerous immunity (meaning that it can’t be sued) protections.