Our Personal Injury Lawyers have represented hundreds of dog bite and dog attack victims. We love dogs, but the owner can be held financially responsible for an out of control dog that causes injury in a dog bite or dog attack case. California leads the nation in dog attacks, and Los Angeles has the largest number of dog bites and dog attacks in California.
When a dog attacks or bites someone, especially a child, there is often serious physical and emotional damages. A dog bite or dog attack is extremely traumatic – regardless of the victim’s age, size or status. This goes beyond the physical puncture wounds and bite marks suffered by the victim. There is a heavy emotional and psychological toll in dog bite cases, which is indisputable. Whether the victim is a 250 pound man or a small child, a victim can experience intense fear, anxiety and insecurity, and potentially develop a long lasting fear of dogs and other pets. A dog attack is very traumatic.
Injuries Typically Associated with a Serious Dog Bite:
- Deep contusions
- Serious head and face injuries
- Long term emotional scars
- Permanent Scars and Disfigurement
- Emotional and Psychological Suffering
- Nerve Injuries
- Humiliation and Embarrassment
- Loss or impairment of the use of hands, arms, feet and legs
- Medical expenses, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy
- Loss of income, medical expenses and extreme pain
California has what is known as a “strict liability statute” when it comes to dog bites and dog attacks. What this means is that dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. 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.” There have also been several recent cases in California where courts have upheld personal injury claims against landlords who have allowed a tenant to have a dangerous dog on premises.
Victims pay a high physical and financial price for a dog attack, and the dog owner and possibly other responsible parties should be held accountable and compensate the victim. Dog owners should be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses suffered by these injured victims. Injured victims can seek compensation in dog bite cases for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, cost of surgeries, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Very often, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy covers dog bites and dog attacks, and most policies provide coverage of between $100,000 and $300,000, and many times dog owners have additional coverage for up to several million dollars.
Kuzyk Law’s dog bite attorneys can help!