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Dog attacks occur millions of times each year. Riverside dog attack attorneys represent victims to see that they receive full and fair compensation for their injuries and damages.
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RIverside Dog Attack Attorney

Every year, millions of people are injured and even killed due to dog attacks. Dog attack victims often suffer significant injuries such as deep cuts and lacerations causing tissue and muscle damage, disease, infection, broken bones, disfigurement, scarring, and severe emotional trauma. Riverside dog attack attorneys represent dog bite victims in Riverside and throughout California to see that they receive a full and fair compensation for their injuries and damages.

California law holds dog owners responsible for injuries and damages in most dog bite cases and Riverside County has a breed specific ordinance related to pit bulls. Pit bulls account for 20% of Riverside County’s shelter dogs and 30% of Riverside’s dog euthanizations and because of this, the County requires owners to spay and neuter their pit bulls. There are some exceptions to this ordinance, however.

California’s dog bite law

Strict liability – In general, dog owners in California are strictly liable for injuries and damages sustained by dog bite victims so long as the dog bite victim did not provoke the dog and was legally on the property (not a trespasser) at the time he or she was attacked.

Negligence – A negligence claim may sometimes be brought when a strict liability claim is not appropriate. In these cases, the dog bite victim must prove that the dog owner’s negligence caused his or her injuries. For example, if an off leash dog in a public park jumped on an elderly adult causing a broken hip or a child causing a traumatic brain injury, the injury victim would have to prove that the owner’s negligence in letting his or her dog off leash caused the victim’s injuries.

Specific exceptions to California’s dog bite law

  • When a dog bites an employee who is working for the dog’s owner, the dog bite victim is generally not able to bring a strict liability or negligence claim against the dog owner. There are recovery options though, but it would typically fall under a workers’ compensation claim.
  • Police and military dogs may bite without liability under California law when assisting in official military or police duty. Innocent bystanders who suffer dog bite injuries may be permitted to recover, however.
  • There is no dog bite liability when the dog bite victim provoked the dog prior to the bite.
  • Trespasser and provocation defenses do not apply to children under the age of 5.
  • In cases of pet handlers such as dog walkers, dog trainers, and veterinarians, they are generally viewed as having assumed the risk of suffering dog bites based on the nature of their business, but there are some exceptions to this.

Recoverable damages for dog bites

Recoverable damages for dog bites may include medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, property damage, pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement. There also may be recovery for close surviving family members in a fatal dog attack. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to a dog bite or dog attack, contact a Riverside dog attack attorney with The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a consultation. Call us today a 323-477-1415.

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