Dog Bites are a major public health problem not only for the associated risk of acquiring secondary infections and occasional death due to trauma (which occurs often in children) but also for the possibility of contracting rabies which, if left untreated, is almost invariably fatal.
Dog Owner’s Responsibility
A dog owner has an obligation to restrain his or her animal for public safety. As long as you are on private or public property legally, the dog owner may be held responsible.
Dog Bite – Strict Liability
If you own a dog in California, and that dog bites someone, you are liable or legally responsible for the dog bite, if the person bitten was legally on the premises where the dog bite or dog attack occurred. Under California dog bite law, a dog that bites is the absolute responsibility of its owner. This concept is called strict liability under dog bite law in California. Animal attacks and animal bites are the strict liability of the animals’ owner. In California, if you own a dog, you pay for the dog bite injuries and all subsequent damages related to the dog bites or dog attack. When you have a dog bite case and you file a dog bite lawsuit, your California dog bite lawyers need only prove:
- that the victim plaintiff was lawfully on the premises of where the dog attack occurred
- that the dog bites caused injury to the plaintiff.
The defendant of the dog bite law suit who owned the dog is then strictly liable for all injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff victim.
Dog Bite – Homeowners Liability Insurance
If the owner of the dog owns a home, in most cases, liability for dog bites and dog attacks are covered by a homeowners insurance policy.
Dog Bite Inuries – Emotional & Physical
Dog bite injury often extends beyond the physical injury and damage.
- There is emotional and psychological trauma associated with dog bites and vicious dog attacks.
- Parents who watch their child become a victim of a dog attack may also have suffered an emotional trauma.
Dog Bite Inuries – Damages
The following damages may be sought in a Dog Bite Lawsuit:
- Medical Emergency Room Costs
- Plastic surgery
- Psychological & emotional trauma treatment
- If the victim of the dog attack was working, lost wages and loss of present and future earning capacity.
- Pain & Suffering
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Dog Bite Attorney
The most widely praised dog bite attorney in Los Angeles is none other than Cameron Brock, the founder of the Law Offices of Burg & Brock, Inc. Under Mr. Brock’s exceptional leadership, we have taken on over 5,000 cases and earned a formidable 97% success rate. Part of our immense success is due to our selectivity. When you consult with us about the details of your particular case, we are very blunt and straight-forward in our assessment of your chances. We believe in carefully ascertaining the legitimacy of a case before ultimately deciding to take it on. By avoiding frivolous lawsuits, we have developed a strong reputation as credible advocates. So when we do take your case, you’ll have confidence in our ability to win a satisfactory verdict or settlement for you.
An excellent dog bite attorney must have extensive trial experience. Your case may never make it to trial, but the other side needs to know that if they choose to fight rather than settle, it will represent a significant investment of time and resources. The other side needs to believe that the risk of facing us in court outweighs the cost of a settlement. With over $100 million won on behalf of our clients, our reputation as an aggressive, take-no-prisoners law firm has translated into real windfalls for so many clients who truly deserved justice for their hardship.
When you choose Burg & Brock, you get the benefit of an experienced dog bite attorney who works for contingency fees. That means you enjoy a top tier advocate, but you don’t pay a dime unless we win for you. That’s the kind of confidence we have in our capabilities.