San Diego Dog Bite Liability Lawyers
Laws on Dog Bite Liability
Laws regarding dog bites vary state by state, but California holds dog owners strictly liable for any injuries caused by a dog bite. Strict liability means that a party holds "absolute legal responsibility for an injury that can be imposed on the wrongdoer without proof of carelessness or fault." In other words, even though the owner did nothing wrong, their ownership of the dog makes them liable for the bite injury. However, strict liability only applies in a dog bites. If someone's dog jumps up on you and knocks you down or scratches you, there would have to be negligence on the owner's part for you to pursue an injury claim.
Dog bite laws can be very complicated. If you or a family member has been injured by a dog bite, it is important that you seek the representation of an experienced San Diego dog bite attorney familiar with the state's laws. Jurewitz Law Group has been successfully representing San Diego area injury victims for 15 years. We will put our knowledge and experience to work on your case. Call Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
California's One Free Bite Rule
California used to have what is known as a "one free bite" rule. This meant that for a dog's owner to be held liable for a bite injury, they would have to have knowledge that their dog had bitten someone before or had exhibited a capacity to bite or behave aggressively toward people. California passed a statute repealing this law and making a dog's owner liable, even if the dog has never previously bitten anyone or displayed a tendency to bite. This means that liability is based solely upon ownership, and not on the dog's past behavior.
Now, a California dog bite victim can hold the owner liable, simply by showing that the dog was owned by the defendant, the bite occurred while the victim was on public property or lawfully on private property, the plaintiff was actually bitten by the dog, and they were injured by the bite.
Keeper or Handler Dog Bite Liability in San Diego
A dog's keeper, handler, walker, groomer, etc. - but not the dog's owner - can only be held liable for an injury by the dog if they had knowledge that the dog had previously bitten someone or displayed a tendency to bite. In other words, dog keepers or handlers are not under strict liability for a dog bite.
Compensation for Damages for a San Diego Dog Bite Injury
Someone injured in a dog bite claim may be able to pursue any of the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Future medical treatments related to your injury (such as skin grafts and plastic surgery)
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent injury or disability
- Emotion trauma and mental duress
- Emotional therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Reduced earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Contact a Dedicated Dog Bite Liability Attorney in San Diego
If you or a family member has been injured by a dog bite, it is important to have the representation of a skilled San Diego personal injury attorney to successfully secure compensation. Call Jurewitz Law Group today for a free consultation at (888) 233-5020.
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Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.