Thousands of people are attacked by vicious animals every year. These incidents typically happen to passersby in private residences. Our dog bite attorneys in Beverly Hills understand that these injuries cause great hardship for all those involved, which is why our team handles each case with great care and compassion. We want to ensure you receive the best treatment and adequate compensation for your damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog or another animal, it’s important to talk to our dog bite attorneys in Los Angeles County. Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has experienced and dedicated attorneys standing by to assist you. Call (310) 899-9529 now to schedule a free one-hour consultation with our team.
Beverly Hills Dog Bite Information
Determining Liability for Dog Bite Accidents in California
California’s Civil Code has strict liability laws when it comes to animal attacks and dog bites. Section 3342 of the code 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.”
To summarize, the statute provides that dog/animal owners are responsible for monetary damages associated with dog bite injuries. 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 contributed to his or her own injuries.
If you were bitten by an animal, your injuries may be more serious than just a flesh wound. The saliva from animals can transfer rabies through your bloodstream. You may not see any symptoms of rabies for several months, so if you’re worried that you’ve been bitten by an unvaccinated animal, see a doctor as soon as possible to find out if you need an anti-rabies injection. Once you’ve received treatment, contact our dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles County.
The “One Bite Rule” in California
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 victim’s 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. Get a dog bite lawyer in Beverly Hills to help you strengthen your case.
Hire a Dog Bite Lawyer in Los Angeles County
Insurance companies are always determined to undermine claims by delving into a 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 claimed and/or that it was not caused by the defendant in question.
Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills is home to knowledgeable dog bite attorneys in Beverly Hills who know how to deal with insurance companies and overcome their arguments and tactics. Put our experience and skill to good use and let us fight your case by your side. Call (310) 899-9529 to speak with the best dog bite lawyers in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, and California.