Dogs are generally playful and friendly. However, when they attack it can result in serious injuries. Sometimes, the aggressive behavior is due to the negligence of the dog owner and justice demands that the owner pays the victim for the financial and psychological suffering caused due to the dog bite.
In this article, we will explain the laws relating to dog bites in the state of California. The information will prove invaluable in case you or your loved one has sustained serious injuries after being bitten by a dog.
California Dog Bite Laws
California is one of those states where the strict liability statute applies. This means that the owner will be liable even when the dog had not acted aggressively in the past. California legal code allows the victim to recover ‘full amount’ for the injury caused due to the dog bite.
Under the legal code, the victim will not just get compensation for medical expenses, but also emotional distress due to the injury. However, the court must be convinced that the psychological pain was related to the dog attack. Also, it must be proved that the emotional pain was severe enough to deserve compensation. In this respect, a note by a psychologist or doctor must be provided to back up every claim.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should file a dog bite case in California within two years of the attack. After the lapse of this period, you will lose your right to obtain a compensation for the injuries.
Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney for Dog Bites
Being attacked by a dog can be a horrifying experience. Dog bites can leave the victim with psychological harm, disfigurement, and permanent scarring. When a dog in California bites, the victim can file a claim for compensation for the physical, psychological and financial pains. You have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner.
Trying to fight a personal injury case is not easy as you are pitted in the court against the insurer of the dog owner and his attorney. That’s why it’s recommended that you hire a professional personal injury attorney to represent you in the court.
An attorney can guide you in fighting your personal injury case. Some of the services of the personal injury attorney include:
- Collecting evidence
- Proving that the dog was ‘at large’ at the time of the attack
- Finding out dangerous habits of the dog
- Interviewing eye-witnesses of the attack
- Covering all upfront legal costs
- Answering legal questions
- Fulfilling all legal formalities
If you nee a dog bite lawyer in San Bernardino, Hemet or surrounding areas, you can contact Albert E Hirst. The initial consultation is free and you pay nothing until we win your case. Dial today (909) 885-7190 to know more about your legal rights.