BIT BY A DOG IN CALIFORNIA?

  • POSTED: July 15, 2017
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  • POSTED BY: TheChoyceLawFirm

In the United States, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites happen every year and approximately 800,000 require medical care. California is a state where the law that applies is “strict liability” in this type of personal injury. The person who gets bit by a dog will apply the “strict liability statute” when they seek damages for the injuries. Under this law, there is not a one bite rule and no disputed liability. This means the dog owner is automatically responsible for the damages and is not permitted under these laws to dispute who was at fault. The only exceptions that may apply if the person bit by a dog provoked or was cruel to the canine or was in the process of committing a crime on the dog owners property.

The dog bite laws are found under California Civil Code Section 3342.

This state’s “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. This includes the property of the owner of the dog regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of viciousness.

When this kind of harm is suffered the most common injuries that may happen include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Fracture
  • Laceration
  • Contusions and abrasions
  • Infection

When a person is bitten by a dog it can be traumatic physically and emotionally since this is an attack that is unexpected and painful. This is also the type of personal injury that has a high risk of infection and can leave scars that may require corrective surgery. This is because each year about 44,000 of the wounds is facial injuries treated at hospitals and often requires admittance.

If a person gets bit by a dog they should immediately seek medical attention and, if possible, have information about the dog such as its shot history. This can help during treatment for the injuries even if it does not seem like a serious bite it still needs medical care due to the risk of infection. The Choyce Law Firm is a personal injury law firm that represents clients in dog bite injury cases throughout California. Contact us for a free consultation.

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