Dog Bites are more serious than most people realize. Bites can often be traumatic or even deadly. Moreover, there are also secondary complications to be aware of such as infection and the potential for contracting rabies, both of which can also be fatal.
Dog owners are obligated by law to restrain their animals. They may be held responsible for attacks if you are bitten while legally on public or private property.
Unless a bitten individual was illegally on the premises where a bite occurred, California law holds the dog owner liable or legally responsible. Dog owners are solely responsible for dog attacks, a concept called strict liability in California law. In California, dog owners must pay for the dog bite or attack injuries and all subsequent damages related to said attack. In the event that an attack occurs and a dog bite lawsuit is filed, the victim’s lawyers only need to prove two points:
- The victim must establish proof that they were legally on the premises where the dog attack occurred, whether public or private.
- The victim must establish proof that the dog attack caused injury.
If both claims can be proven by the victim, the defendant will then be held strictly liable for the initial injury as well as any subsequent and directly-related injuries or conditions.
Dog Bite – Homeowners Liability Insurance
If the owner of the dog owns a home, in most cases, liability for dog bites and dog attacks are covered by a homeowners insurance policy.
Dog Bite – Strict Liability
If you own a dog in California, and that dog bites someone, you are liable or legally responsible for the dog bite, if the person bitten was legally on the premises where the dog bite or dog attack occurred. Under California dog bite law, a dog that bites is the absolute responsibility of its owner. This concept is called strict liability under dog bite law in California. Animal attacks and animal bites are the strict liability of the animals’ owner. In California, if you own a dog, you pay for the dog bite injuries and all subsequent damages related to the dog bites or dog attack. When you have a dog bite case and you file a dog bite lawsuit, your California dog bite lawyers need only prove:
- that the victim plaintiff was lawfully on the premises of where the dog attack occurred
- that the dog bites caused injury to the plaintiff.
The defendant of the dog bite law suit who owned the dog is then strictly liable for all injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff victim.
Dog Bites and Homeowners Insurance
If a liable dog owner also owns a home, the owner’s homeowner insurance policy will likely cover the attack and related damages.
Emotional and Physical Damages
Dog bites have the potential to cause serious physical damage, but the emotional toll can be just as severe.
- It is not uncommon for emotional and psychological trauma, such as PTSD, to occur in victims of dog bites.
- The damage may not be limited to the actual dog bite victim; parents who witness their child being attacked by a dog, for example, have also suffered emotional and psychological harm.
Damages can be levied to compensate the victim for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emergency room charges
- Treatment for psychological trauma
- Plastic surgery to correct disfigurement
- Lost wages and future earning capacity.
The Right Dog Bite Attorney
The most reputable dog bite attorney in Los Angeles is Kamran Yadidi, the founder of the Kamran Yadidi Law Group. Kamran Yadidi Law Group boasts an exceptional 98 percent success rate across more than 10,000 cases. Such success is due to our candid and honest assessment of your case, based on all of the details from our consultations—this selectivity drives our success and assures that we will not take on cases that won’t be worth your effort. We believe it is our duty to ensure that a case is legitimate before choosing to take it on. In avoiding hopeless lawsuits, we maintain our credibility and reputation as excellent advocates. Therefore, if we do take your case you will have the utmost confidence in our ability to get you the best possible outcome.
An outstanding dog bite attorney will have significant trial experience and know-how. The opposing side must know that if a case makes it to trial, they risk substantial resources and time. The opposing side must be made to believe that facing us in court is a foolhardy endeavor and that a settlement is the only option worth their time. Our abilities have allowed us to collect over $200 million on behalf of our clients, delivering them the compensation they deserve.
Choosing Kamran Yadidi as your dog bite attorney gets you an experienced lawyer working for contingency fees. Unless we win the case, you do not spend a single cent on our services.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog while legally on someone else’s premise, the Kamran Yadidi Law Group would like to hear from you. To get started, call us at the phone number above or reach out through our contact page.