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Clovis Dog Bite Attorneys
There are millions of domesticated animal attacks each year in our country, many of which result in severe scarring, disfigurement, infections, psychological trauma, and even death. If you, your child, or another member of your family was bitten by a dog or other domesticated animal in California, you may have grounds for a legal claim against the animal’s owner or another party.
The dog bite attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will evaluate your case for free and help you determine how to proceed in pursuing damages for your injuries. We have a comprehensive knowledge of the State laws that govern these cases and will use our experience to help you fight for a fair and just settlement. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS today to set up a free consultation with a member of our team. If you are unable to travel, we will come to you.
California Dog Owners Are Strictly Liable for Injuries Their Animals Cause
Some states have a “one-bite” rule that protects dog owners from liability: This means that if the animal does not have a dangerous past, its owner can generally escape liability for an isolated incident.
However, in California, this is not the case: Dog owners are liable for attacks even if the animal has no known violent history. This is a legal concept known as “strict liability,” and it tends to favor victims. The basic premise is that even if the animal’s owner did not know the animal was dangerous, he or she can still face liability for any injuries the animal causes.
What You Need to Prove
For your dog bite claim to be successful, you must prove:
- The defendant owned the dog;
- The bite occurred when you were on public property OR lawfully present on private property; and
- The dog bit – and injured – you.
Who Might Be Liable for My Damages?
Generally, the defendant in a dog bite case is the animal’s owner. However, there are exceptions.
Other liable parties may include:
- The Landlord: A property landlord might be held liable for a dog bite if he or she knew that the tenant’s dog was dangerous.
- The Animal’s Caretaker:If the dog was under the control of another person or business when the bite occurred, that party might be held liable if he or she had “prior knowledge” that the dog was dangerous.
- Property Owners: The owner of a residential property can be held liable if a dangerous animal escaped due to some defect in the property – like a hole in a fence that keeps an animal secured.
What to Do If You Are Attacked by A Dog or Other Domesticated Animal in California
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients, a large portion of which has been in cases involving aggressive and dangerous dogs and other domesticated animals. During our complimentary case review, we will provide you with an overview of the next steps to take in pursuing the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
With our history of success in dog bite cases and in-depth knowledge of relevant law, our team can guide you throughout each stage of your case. Schedule a low-risk consultation today by calling 1-800-GO-Harris or by sending us a message online.