While dogs are considered man’s best friend, they can turn violent and aggressive in an instant. Dogs that are not properly trained may lash out and bite a person, leading to serious injuries and sometimes even fatalities. If you were bitten by a dog or lost a loved one in a violent dog attack, a Santa Clarita dog bite lawyer from Younglove Law Firm can help. We have an outstanding success rate and are standing by, ready to help. Call us at (602) 737-3333 to learn more about your legal rights and options during a free, no-obligation case review.
The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur every year. Throughout a 16-year period, 63 people have been killed by dog bites in California, which is more bite-inflicted deaths than any other state.
Pit bulls are the most likely to cause fatal attacks, followed by rottweilers and German shepherds. Breeds that cause the most bites in California include:
California also has the most dog bite insurance claims and payouts for claims, according to a report by State Farm Insurance company.
Because of the size of the dog and the location where the person is bitten, the types of dog bite injuries can vary from one victim to the next. It is important to speak with a Santa Clarita personal injury attorney if this event occurs. Common dog bite injuries include:
It is essential to seek medical attention promptly after a dog bite so the bite can be sterilized to minimize complications.
California is known as a strict liability state. In some states, dog owners are only held responsible for dog bites if you can prove they were negligent or that their dog had bitten before. These are known as “one bite” states because the first bite is usually free and liability does not extend until the second bite.
This is not the case in California. Here, dog owners are held strictly liable for dog bites. This means they are responsible for the bite even if you cannot show they were negligent or their dog has bitten before. As long as you can show you were lawfully on the property at the time of the bite and the dog bit you, you stand to recover compensation for the harm you suffered, including your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
California courts have also upheld verdicts against landlords who have allowed tenants to have a dangerous canine on their premises.
If you were injured in a dog bite, it’s important to consult with an experienced Santa Clarita dog bite lawyer who can protect your rights and guide you through the legal process in a compassionate manner. We want to ensure you are properly compensated by the negligent parties.
If you were bitten by a dog or lost a loved one in a violent dog attack, contact a Santa Clarita dog bite lawyer from Younglove Law Firm. We can investigate the accident, gather evidence, compile information about the full extent of your damages, and demand fair compensation. Call us at (602) 737-3333 for your complimentary case consultation.