Temecula Dog Bite Attorney
While most encounters with dogs are enjoyable, they can bite causing severe injuries. Our Temecula dog bite attorneys can help walk you through the best plausible options during a free consultation.
Dogs are man’s best friend, and have been the pet which we have domesticated into our household companion (versus cats who still retain a hint of their wild past). However, not every dog fits in with the human population, and this unfortunately makes itself clear through dog bite attacks which plague our city streets every day.
Dog bites can be fatal especially when they occur to the very young, and elderly. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait to contact our Temecula injury attorneys today.
Dog Bite Statistics
It is often difficult to get an accurate representation of the number of dog bite attacks which happen each year, since so many go unreported. The majority of dog bite attacks occur to close family members or friends who do not want to report an accident for fear that their loved one’s dog could be taken away. However, dog bite attacks can be very serious and even deadly in certain situations, and should be reported in each instance to help prevent attacks in the future.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year, out of which 20 percent become infected. The dog bite itself may not cause immediate harm to the victim, but could become very dangerous if left untreated.
California Dog Bite Laws
Every state has different guidelines for how to bring a dog bite injury claim, and the owner’s liability. California is a strict liability state, and therefore the owner will be strictly liable for any damage caused by their dog to another person, unless the injured person was trespassing or provoking the dog. The owner does not need to know of a prior violent activity by the dog in order to be found liable for the injury. California chooses to make the dog owners completely responsible for the actions of their dogs, rather than place any burden on the victims to prove that the owner was aware of prior violent tendencies.
Additionally, since the liability automatically attaches to a dog owner after a dog bite injury, the length of time in a court proceeding is dramatically reduced, and any issues between parties are not drawn out. Many dog bite accidents occur to people well-known to the dog owner, such as neighbors or family. Therefore, the resulting liability makes any potential injury claims simple to take care of.
Liljegren Law Group | Temecula, CA Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a dog bite accident, do not hesitate to contact our Temecula dog bite attorneys. Our attorneys have assisted our clients with dog bite injury claims for years and understand how devastating a dog bite injury can become, especially to the very young. Dog bite injuries are claims that are relatively simple to settle, given the straightforward California laws relating to owner liability, however some owners may prove difficult to track down, requiring the need of legal assistance. Contact our Temecula office today for your initial free consultation.