Have you been injured from an animal attack, or dog bite? Thousands of people are injured by vicious animals every year. These incidents typically occur against passerby’s on private residences. We at Gould & Jefferson understand that this may be a difficult time for people who have been injured, and our team of attorneys take each case with the required compassion for you in order make sure that you are receiving the best treatment, while also ensuring that you are adequately compensated for your damages. If you or a loved one has been injured by an animal or a dog, it is important to talk to a Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer. Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has experienced and dedicated attorneys standing by to assist you. Call (310) 899-9529 now to schedule a free 1- hour consultation with our team of attorneys.
Dog Bite Information
Strict liability applies when it comes to animal attacks and dog bites. California Civil Code Section 3342, states:
“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.”
In short, the statute provides that dog/animal owners are responsible for monetary damages. It is important to note that the statute applies to victims when they are in a public place or lawfully on any property. A victim may be barred from recovering any damages if the animal/dog owner can show that the victim was a trespasser, that the victim provoked the dog, assumed the risk, or the victim contributed to his or her own injuries.
If you experience a dog bite, you may have more injuries than just a wound. The saliva from animals can transfer Rabies and can be transferred into a victims blood stream. You may not realize symptoms of rabies for several months. Please see a doctor to see if you need to take anti-rabies injections.
One Bite Rule?
California DOES NOT have a “one bite rule” which requires that the owner have some sort of prior knowledge of the animal viciousness before they can be held liable for a victims injury. Because California does not follow this rule, animal/dog owners will be held liable for injuries caused by their animals regardless of their knowledge of the animal’s viciousness.
Hire a Knowledgeable Dog Bite Lawyer
Insurance companies are always determined to undermine claims by delving into victim’s medical records, social media records, and criminal history. They try to take any information available to assert that the injury is not as serious as being claimed and/or that is was not caused by the defendant in the situation.
Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has knowledgeable Dog Bite Attorneys that know how to deal with insurance companies in order to overcome these arguments and tactics that they use. This is why it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable team of Dog Bite Lawyers fighting by your side. Call (310) 899-9529 to speak with the Best Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyers.