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California Dog Bite Laws

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you’ll need to know your rights and how to recover compensation. Speak to a lawyer about the California dog attack laws you need to know before you file a claim.

While dogs are the beloved pet of choice for many people, these animals aren’t always sweet and cuddly. Even smaller dog breeds can become aggressive and bite, and when that happens, the victim’s hospital bills can be extensive.

But what can you do about it? A dog can’t be sued, so who is truly responsible for your injuries? When you’re unsure of where to go next, speak with a lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC. By familiarizing yourself with the California dog bite laws that will affect your case and teaming up with an attorney, you’re setting yourself up to receive the full compensation you deserve.

California’s Strict Liability Dog Bite Law

If you’re bitten by a dog, who takes responsibility for it? California law makes it clear that, in almost all cases, the owner has responsibility for any dog bites. It’s the pet owner’s responsibility to ensure that the dog doesn’t attack another animal or a person, especially since such attacks can be deadly. Even if the pet has shown no signs of aggression or dangerous behavior, the owner can still be held responsible for the attack.

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, speak with a lawyer about the dog owner and how he or she might be held responsible, as well as the best next steps.

What Happens After a Dog Bite in California?

If you’ve been bitten by any animal, you should seek medical care first. Dog bites can lead to serious infections, and you may have crushing injuries from the force of the bite.

But what about the dog? In San Diego, the dog must be quarantined for ten days to test for diseases like rabies, which can be deadly. Once the animal has been tested, it may be labeled a “dangerous animal”—if it has bitten twice in the past forty-eight months or the bite caused serious injury or death.

As soon after the attack as possible, talk to a lawyer about filing your claim for compensation. You’ll be dealing with costly medical expenses and the trauma of a dog attack, so you’ll likely want to act quickly to get the compensation you need.

Help Understanding California Dog Attack Laws

Dog attacks can be frightening and painful, and you deserve compensation if you’ve been bitten. Fortunately, a lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, can help you get the compensation you need. It can be difficult to determine what effect California dog bite laws will have on your case without help, so get in touch with a qualified and experienced attorney today.

If you’re struggling with your claim and still have some questions, reach out for a free consultation. We’ll review your claim and work tirelessly to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve.

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