Fontana is tough on dangerous dogs and their owners. In most cases, owners are held responsible for injuries and damages caused by their dogs. Fontana also has mandatory spay and neuter requirements for pit bulls, although there are some exceptions to these requirements. Fontana dog attack attorneys know that even with strict laws, dog bites still happen and people still suffer injuries as a result.
Experts report that dog victims in the United States suffer anywhere from between $1 billion to $2 billion in monetary losses each year. And California insurance companies are paying for a lot of those claims as the state regularly ranks at the top of the list of states with the most dog bites. Pit bulls are responsible for approximately 29% of California dog bites, followed by German shepherds which are responsible for 15% of the state’s dog bites.
California is a strict liability state when it comes to responsibility for dog bites. This means that dog owners are responsible for dog bite injuries if the dog bite occurs while the victim is in a public place or lawfully on private property. In strict liability cases, it is not necessary to prove that the owner was negligent or that the dog had previously bitten someone. Strict liability is only applicable in dog bite cases and not in cases where dogs cause other types of injuries.
When strict liability is not available, a negligence claim may be made instead. Strict liability is easier to prove, but in cases that do not fall under strict liability parameters, proving negligence may be required in order to be compensated for injuries and damages. For example, as mentioned above, strict liability only applies in dog bite cases, so if an excited dog knocks over a toddler or causes someone to trip and fall, injury victims may seek recovery by proving that the owners’ negligence caused the victims’ injuries.
If a dog attack occurs while a dog is in the care of a dog handler such as a pet sitter, dog walker, or at a dog kennel, the injured victim may sue the dog handler who was responsible for the care and control of the dog at the time of the attack. It is usually easiest to sue the dog owner in strict liability for injuries sustained in a dog attack, but if the owner does not have money to pay for a judgment and does not have insurance, making a claim against the dog handler may be a better option.
In California, a witness or bystander to the dog attack may seek recovery under a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim if he or she has a close relationship with the dog attack victim and the following elements are satisfied:
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.