Dog Bite Attorneys Seeking Justice for Animal Attacks
From Paso Robles to the Five Cities, the dog bite attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers represent people throughout the Central Coast who have suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional misconduct of another.
Our firm is also well-versed in California law concerning the liability of pet owners and animal owners for injuries caused by dog bites and other animal attacks. These attacks can cause severe physical and psychological injury. Fortunately, the law provides a remedy for victims of attacks to receive compensation for their injuries. If you or your loved ones suffered an injury from dog bites, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at James McKiernan Lawyers today.
California Dog Bite Law
In some states, an owner will not be held liable for a dog bite in cases where the dog had not bitten before and the owner had no reason to believe the dog might bite another. California law, however, does not give a free bite to dogs and excuse their owners from responsibility. Owners are liable for the injuries caused by their animals regardless of whether the animal had ever shown any signs of dangerous propensities before.
If the attack occurs in a public place, the owner is strictly liable for the damages caused, meaning that the injured plaintiff does not have to prove that the owner was negligent, and the owner cannot argue in defense that he or she was exercising reasonable care when the attack happened. This strict liability rule even applies to attacks that occur on the owner’s own property, if the injured person was lawfully on the property at the time the bite occurred.
This includes guests who were invited onto the property as well as people who have a license under the law to come onto the property to conduct business, such as letter carriers, meter readers, delivery persons, and repairmen.
How To Prevent A Dog Bite
Like people, there are good pets that may sometimes snap. The fact that a dog has never displayed aggressive tendencies does not mean that it cannot happen if provoked. One of the most important aspects of preventing a dog attack is your own body language. Dogs can sense confidence and dominance from people the same way they can sense a threat. Follow these helpful tips to prevent dog bites:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar animal
- Do not run from the dog, panic or make loud noises
- Remain motionless if approached by an unfamiliar dog
- Do not disturb a dog while the dog is eating, sleeping or taking care of puppies
- Do not encourage aggressive play
- Report stray dogs to local animal control
- Do not leave children unattended around unfamiliar dogs
- Always ask for owners permission before approaching or petting a dog
Even if you follow all the tips, you may still suffer from dog bites and if that happens, contact the team at James McKiernan Lawyers. We will evaluate your case and will help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Another Dog Bites Your Dog
In California, a dog is considered property and the Civil Code 3342 does not extend protection to dogs the same way it protects humans. Under the law, liability occurs when the defendant damages the property which in this case is the animal as a result of negligence. The first step is to determine whether negligence was the reason for the incident. If it is determined that it was, that person would be responsible for veterinary bills, dog medications, and other applicable fees while the dog is recovering. Liability does not extend to the emotional trauma if the dog dies as a result of an attack.
If your dog was bitten by another dog, contact James McKiernan Lawyers today. Our team has extensive experience in dog bites cases and can help you recover the costs after your dog’s attack.
Help from Animal Attack Lawyers in California
A dog bite can cause severe and lasting injuries. A large dog can easily overpower a person, and even a relatively small dog can possess teeth and jaw muscles strong enough to crack bone or crush a skull. A deep bite can cause nerve damage and permanent paralysis to a limb. Any bite runs the risk of leaving its victim with a hard to treat infection or disease, as well as permanent scars or disfigurement.
Pain, suffering, and enduring emotional trauma are frequent results as well. Some people survive a vicious attack with a life-long fear of animals or even of open spaces such as sidewalks and parks where dogs may be present. Our Central Coast personal injury attorneys understand these injuries and the associated costs of their treatment and compensation.
All of these outcomes are unfortunately multiplied when the victim is a child. Sadly, children are more vulnerable to attack because of their size and also because they may not yet be old enough to appreciate the dangers which animals can present. Our firm has successfully represented individuals and families of victims of the most serious injuries in all types of personal injury situations. Our injury lawyers know the law and have the skill and experience to seek justice for you or your child.
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Contact an Experienced California Dog Bite Attorney Today
If you, a family member, or your dog has been injured in an animal attack, contact a Santa Maria personal injury attorney at James McKiernan Lawyers to talk about what happened. We will take the time to listen to your story and advise you on your rights to receive the compensation you deserve. Your consultation is free, and we will not charge you any fee unless we recover for you. Contact us today for immediate assistance.