dog bite can be quite distressing. Once medical attention has been received, a
person’s next thought usually revolves around whether or not they
can recover compensation for their injuries. In California, dog bite liability
law is pretty strict. State law dictates that a dog owner is liable for
any injuries their dog inflicts upon another person, with a few exceptions.
The following rules cover a wide variety of circumstances in which a dog
owner can be found liable and subject to a civil lawsuit.
A dog owner is responsible for a bite if:
- The bite occurred in a public place.
- The bitten person was lawfully on private property
- The person was bitten while legally performing work
- An actual “bite” was the reason for damages
An example of the last rule would be if a person were to be knocked down
and injured by a jumping dog, but not actually bitten. Dog bite law would
not apply in these scenarios, though general negligence statutes may remain
relevant. In regards to the second rule, a person may not be able to recover
damages if they were bitten while trespassing.
Another important thing to note is that police officers and military personnel
are not liable for bites that their service dogs inflict upon suspected
criminals while issuing a warrant, investigating a crime, or defending
another officer or civilian. Dog owners are also not responsible for bites
that result from negligently provoking a dog. The provocation rule does
not apply to children under five, however, as they are not legally deemed
to be capable of negligence.
While these guidelines are useful,
contacting an Irvine premises liability lawyer from our firm can help you get a better idea of whether or not you are
eligible to recover monetary damages for your injuries. A legal professional
can examine your unique situation and determine the most appropriate course
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