California dog bite law basics

Frank S. Clowney III

California follows strict liability dog bite laws which holds pet owners liable for the actions of their pet regardless of the precautions they took or if they knew of the pet’s propensity to bite and attack or not. This is important for victims of dog bite to be aware of because it provides them with important protections if faced with a dog attack.

When is a pet owner liable?

Pet owners may be liable caused by their pets when they injure a victim who is in a public place or lawfully on private property. Victims are considered lawfully on property is they have an express or implied invitation from the owner to be on the property. Liability under dog bite laws does not apply to military or police dogs.

What damages can help victims of dog attacks?

An unexpected dog attack can be traumatic physically and emotionally. For that reason, a personal injury claim for damages may be able to help victims recover compensation for the harm they have suffered as a result. Compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering damages, may all be available. Damages may be able to help with the physical and emotional scars of being attacked by a dog. It is important to note that there are time limits associated with bringing a claim for damages for a dog bite that victims should also be familiar with.

Dog bite laws in California protect victims of dog attacks by holding pet owners strictly liable for the actions of their pets and the harm caused by them. Victims and their families suffering through the aftermath of a dog attack should be familiar with these important legal resources and remedies.