Injured by a Dog or other Animal?
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California’s Dog Bite Liability Law – America is a land of dog owners and with the huge amount of dogs in every neighborhood, it is an unfortunate fact that America is also a land of dog bites and dog attacks. Improperly trained and loose animals bite more than 4.7 million people each year in the United States. 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention and just a little less than half of that will need emergency medical treatment. These attacks occur everywhere in the United States and Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino Bernardino is no exception. When such an attack occurs, many victims wonder if they will be able to recover from the dog’s owners for their injuries, big or small, under California law.
If you have been injured by a dog in an attack, California holds owners responsible for the actions of their dogs. California uses a form of strict liability when it comes to dog bites and injuries caused by dogs. Strict liability is a legal term of art. It means that no matter what the circumstances, the owner of the dog will be held liable. It does not matter whether or not a person was negligent in keeping their dog penned up or leashed, or whether or not the dog was trained or not. If the dog bites or injures someone, the dog owner will be held legally responsible for any damages that the victim has suffered.
California law does carve out an exception or two for when strict liability will not be applied, but those circumstances are very narrow, such as when the victim of a dog bite is trespassing on the dog owner’s property.
Many people may not be familiar with the concept of strict liability but may know of the traditional common law rule that is colloquially referred to as the ‘One Bite Rule.’ This rule acted as both a defense and a liability for dog owners in dog bite cases.
How it traditionally worked is that the dog’s owner would be shielded from liability in the case of the first injury caused by the dog. However, after the first injury, the dog’s owner is now considered on notice and aware that their dog is dangerous and will be held liable for any further injuries caused by the dangerous dog.
Some people wrongly believe that every dog gets ‘one free bite;’ that is, a dog can bite one person and there owner will not be responsible for the first bite. While this is the case in many states who still use the ‘One Bite Rule,’ this is not the case in California.
Injured by a Dog? Consult with a Rancho Cucamonga – San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorney Today
Dog bites can have a serious impact on a person’s life and will require medical attention in even the least serious of situations. Medical bills can quickly stack up when it comes to treating and healing a dog inflicted injury. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog in the Rancho Cucamonga or San Bernardino area, you should consult with the attorneys at the Inland Empire Injury Law Firm. We can provide you with our knowledge and put our experience to work with you. Let us take the hassle out of your recovery. Contact us at (909) 297-5001 for a free case consultation or visit us online. All consultations are no obligation and confidential.
Justin King - Dog & Animal Bite Injury Attorney Serving San Bernardino & Surrounding.
At The Law Offices of Justin King, we understand the serious consequences that an animal bite can have on your life, family, and future. Our experienced injury attorneys work hard to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. We are experienced in negotiating settlements with opposing counsel, and insurance companies, and will strive to obtain the best possible result for you, regardless of the severity of your injuries.
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If you or someone you know has recently been bitten by a dog or other animal we are here to help. Our no obligation and confidential case evaluation provides important details about your rights and responsibilities after an animal bite. Use our case evaluation form here to get in touch and learn what you need to know now. Dog & Animal Bite cases are time sensitive so understanding your rights sooner may make all the difference.
Most caring and amazing lawyer - Justin was more than helpful and amazing since the day my husband and I hired him. One thing that stuck out the most to me was his genuine personality. He made me feel more important than just another client. I remember in the beginning of the case we spoke very often over the phone. He called to give me some new information concerning the case and to ask me a few questions. At the end of our conversation we hung up and a few moments later he called back just because he wanted to ask how I was doing with the injury I was suffering from, and to see how I was progressing. He always took his time to see how I was doing, and fought very hard to see me get what I deserved. My case lasted two years, and I'm sure there wasn't a week that went by where I didn't hear from him. He always kept me up to date and informed about what was happening in the case. He went far and above anything I could have ever expected and helped me get the results I could not even of imagined. I don't hope to ever need a personal injury attorney ever again but if I do I would hire Justin over and over again, and recommend him to everyone I know. I loved working with him. Visits to his office and phone calls from him were always very welcoming…..read more on our ‘testimonials’ page.