An animal attack is one of the most shocking things anyone can go through. This almost always comes as a surprise, leaving the victim unsure of how to respond or what to do. Dogs that have not been retrained or trained by their owners are the most common cause of these attacks.
Dog bites can lead to long-term and serious injury. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to serious dog bites because they cannot protect themselves. On the other hand, a dog can bite anyone at any time. If another person's dog has bitten you or your child, you should contact a Los Angeles-based dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine your legal alternatives for compensation.
Sometimes a person can provoke a dog to attack. Inadvertent or teasing provocation can lead to a dog bite, especially when children are around. If someone enters the territory and the dog decides that the person shouldn't, it can attack to defend its territory.
Even tamed dogs can develop aggressive tendencies over time. At first, the dog may bark to keep others away from its perceived area. As the dog gains confidence in its ability to keep intruders away (for example, when a runner walks by), it may become more daring and start chasing passers-by. If the owner does not correct this behavior, the dog may attack people on the street.
If a dog in Los Angeles has bitten you, there are a few things you can do right away. Before leaving the attack area, you can do the following:
It is also important to get medical attention if a dog in Los Angeles bites you. Dog bites can cause serious physical injury, causing damage to nerves, muscles, tendons, tissue, and even bones. A dog bite can become infected if left untreated. Finally, after being attacked by an animal, you can speak to a Los Angeles-based dog bite lawyer. Your lawyer can start reviewing your case to help you file your claim. Let the attorneys of Amerberg Law Group take care of your legal requirements while you focus on getting better.
When it comes to dog bites, California is one of the few states with a strict liability rule. In most cases, section 3342 of the California Civil Code, also known as the dog bite law, holds responsible pet owners for personal injury. Some laws give owners a pass if they don't know their pet is harming, making it difficult to get compensation. However, California law makes owners responsible for their pets' behavior, even if they had no reason to know the animal was dangerous.
However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Victims must be able to prove that they were in a public place or legally in the area where they were bitten by a dog or other animal in order to receive compensation. In other words, if someone has invaded or committed a crime on their land, owners cannot be held seriously liable for the actions of their pets. The limitation period applies to all claims for damages in Los Angeles. A complaint about a dog bite must be filed within two years of the attack.
Overall, California's dog bite laws favor victims. It can still be considered a bite if the dog grabbed someone but did not damage the skin. Likewise, if a dog pushes or injures someone in ways other than being bitten, the victim may be eligible for compensation under California's dog bite laws.
California's dog bite quarantine regulations require any dog that bites someone to be quarantined for ten days. This time is necessary to ensure that the animal is not infected with rabies. During this time, the dog is usually allowed to remain on the owner's territory. The dog will be returned to the care of the owner as soon as it is determined that it is healthy. Dogs that bite people are usually not euthanized. In California, euthanasia is only allowed for dogs that bite if the following conditions are met:
Any dogs that meet the above criteria may be removed from their owners and euthanized after the hearing. Anyone, including a dog bite victim, an interested community member, or a government official can start the hearing process.
Many dog bite cases require an investigation to determine what happened. If your Los Angeles attorney establishes liability, you can get compensation for your injuries. Your case may require your attorney to show that:
If no one is around at the time of the attack, it can be difficult to establish ownership of the dog in Los Angeles. After being attacked, the dog sometimes runs away. In this case, your lawyer may need to question local residents or witnesses to the incident. These people can help you find out who owns the dog that bit you. It's worth noting that if you can't find the owner of the dog, you might not be able to sue.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Los Angeles, the Amerberg Law Group may be able to assist you. If you have been injured or have suffered financial losses as a result of a dog attack, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our Los Angeles dog bite litigation team.