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Dog Bites

California holds dog owners “strictly liable” when their pet bites someone.


What does strict liability mean?


Strict liability in dog bite cases means that the owner does not have to know that the dog had a vicious propensity as some states require. In other words, if a pet owner’s dog bites someone causing injury the owner is responsible. So long as the victim was lawfully in a place where he or she was bitten the owner is responsible. 


What are you entitled to if you are bitten by someone else’s dog?


When you are the victim of dog bite you are entitled to compensation if you are injured. All the following are types of compensation which may be available to you with the help of an experienced attorney:

  • Medical Bills – You are entitled to compensation for both your past and expected future medical care. Understanding your future medical needs is one of the most important aspects of ensuring that you are fully compensated for your injuries.

  • Loss of Earnings – You are entitled to compensation for time you have missed from work and for time you will miss from work in the future. Additionally, you are entitled to compensated for your loss of earning potential in the future if any of your injuries may inhibit you from advancing in your profession. 

  • Pain, Suffering and Emotional Distress – You are entitled to be compensated for the physical pain, suffering, humiliation, inconvenience, anxiety, disfigurement and emotional distress caused by the bite.

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