Injuries caused by dog bites can be severe. They often require stitches or multiple surgeries to repair damage to nerves and muscle tissue. Some bites, especially those to the face, may even require plastic or reconstructive surgeries to correct disfigurement caused by these bites. In other instances, many dog bite victims develop a lifelong fear of dogs and require therapy to help them aid this fear.
Who is liable for dog bites?
Generally, the dog’s owner is held liable for the damages caused by his or her dog. California Civil Code Section 3342(a) reads:
"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."
Although the owner of the dog may be held liable for the damages caused to dog bite victims, insurance companies are taking steps to avoid or limit coverage of dog bite injuries on homeowner or rental insurance policies. For example, insurance companies may have dog owners sign waivers for dog bites or charge extra for specific breeds. Some companies won’t even insure dog owners. If this is the case, you may need to hire the right attorney to investigate the situation and find out if you are able to recover compensation for your damages.
The Law Office of Fernando Brito Jr. works hard to make sure our clients receive the medical care they need and get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one are a victim of a dog bite, you may need a dog bite injury lawyer to file a lawsuit so you can be compensated for your personal damages and injuries. Fernando Brito Jr. is an experienced dog bite attorney who is ready to fight for you and will guide you through this complicated process, every step of the way.