Any dog who is raised incorrectly or treated poorly is capable of attacking a human and seriously injuring them. United States insurance companies pay out almost $500 million to victims of dog attacks each year and most insurance carriers maintain list of restricted breeds because although any type of dog can attack a human, statistics suggest that there are certain dangerous dog breeds that may be more likely to bite or attack a human than others. It’s important that, if you’ve been attacked by a dog in the state of California, you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm for free consultation.
According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the following dog breeds are statistically more dangerous:
Other breeds that are considered dangerous are:
If you’ve been a victim of a dog attack from one of the above breeds or another type of dog, don’t wait to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Dog owners are reliable for maintaining their breeds and ensuring they are properly trained and socialized. If you’ve been injured, you can be entitled to compensation.
Regardless of the dog breed, California’s dog bite law clearly states the owner of the offending dog is responsible for the dog’s conduct at all times. That makes the owner responsible for any damages claimed by the victim. California, along with 31 states and the District of Columbia have laws identifying dangerous dogs. The purpose is not only to provide attention and warning, but to forewarn the owners that failure to abide by the laws to monitor, leash, fence and train their dogs, they could be subject to fines and in some extreme cases, incarceration.
Most dog-attack personal injury claims fall under homeowners insurance policies. In order to pursue a successful personal injury claim, the victim must prove the dog owner was negligent. If you are able to prove negligence, you will then have to deal with the insurance company, who will often put up a fight with the settlement offer. Don’t take any offer until you’ve spoken with an attorney. If you are attacked by a dog, contact a skilled personal injury attorney who can assist you in your case.