Granite Bay Dog Bite Lawyer

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Over five million people in the United States are injured or bitten by dogs yearly. The injuries can be catastrophic and even life-threatening when a dog attacks a person.

The largest dog bite victims are children, and more than 60 percent are younger than 12 years old. While all children and adults must learn how to be safe around dogs, pet owners are typically responsible for the actions of their dogs, even on their own property. 

California Law Applies Strict Liability to Owners of Dogs

It is essential to identify the vicious dog's owner because, under California Civil Code section 3342, the dog owner is held strictly liable for any harm caused by the dog. Strict liability effectively means that the victim does not need to prove that the dog owner was negligent. In most cases, the owner is liable if a dog attacks and bites someone.

Notable Exceptions to the Strict Liability Statute

There are some important exceptions to the strict liability dog bite statute you must be aware of.

  • First is the provocation defense. The strict liability statute does not apply if the dog bite victim provoked the dog that caused it to bite. So, for example, if you were involved in an altercation with the owner and the dog bites you, the owner may have a viable defense against a claim of strict liability. However, the defense of provocation does not apply if a child under five was bitten by the dog.
  • Second, the strict liability statute does not apply if you were not bitten. For example, the strict liability statute does not apply if you were knocked down by a dog while jogging or walking around Granite Bay. However, you could still have a viable personal injury claim, and it would need to be based on a negligence theory instead of strict liability.
  • Third, if you were bitten by a dog while you were at your place of work and the owner of the dog is your supervisor or manager, the statute would not apply. Instead, you would be able to pursue damages through a worker's compensation claim.
Financial Restitution in a Dog Bite Injury Claim

If you or a family member was bitten by a dog, you might be able to pursue financial restitution for harm and losses associated with the bite. For example, if you had to seek medical treatment for the wounds caused by the attack, those medical expenses could be recovered through a claim. You can also pursue reimbursement for lost wages if you have to take time off of work to heal.

You can also pursue damages for your pain, suffering, and anguish. For more information, contact a Granite Bay Personal Injury Lawyer.

Watch the following video for more on the types of damages claimed in a dog bite case.

Dog Bite Attorneys in Granite Bay, CA

If you or a family member has suffered severe injuries in a dog bite incident, please call our experienced Granite Bay dog bite lawyers at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly, and compassionate advice.

When you make the call, we will review the incident's details and determine the best way to proceed with a claim for damages. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront fees, and we only get paid after the successful resolution of your case.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 6.28.22]

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