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Dog Attacks & Owner Liability in Los Angeles 

Dog Attacks & Owner Liability in Los Angeles 

Dog Attacks & Owner Liability in Los Angeles 

Dog ownership brings immense joy and companionship, but unfortunately, dog attacks can happen, leaving victims with physical and emotional scars. In Los Angeles, where dog lovers and canine companions abound, understanding dog bite laws and owner liability is crucial for both dog owners and potential victims. It is apparent in our society that men are truly dogs best friends until they aren’t, not with other people aside their owners.  

If you are ever bitten by a dog regardless of what you were doing, you are entitled for a compensation for the damage caused. We at the Law Offices of David P. Kashani are able to help you navigate through the process of getting the compensation you deserve. Contact us now and we can start process immediately. 

Strict Liability in California 

California operates under a strict liability law for dog bites, meaning dog owners are held liable for any injuries inflicted by their dogs, regardless of the dog’s prior history or the owner’s knowledge of its aggressive tendencies. This means that even if a dog has never bitten anyone before, the owner is still responsible for the damages caused if it bites someone in a public place or lawfully on private property. 

Common Scenarios and Injuries 

Dog bites can occur in various situations, including: 

  • Dog walkers: A person walking their dog on a leash may lose control, and the dog bites a passerby. 
  • Visiting a friend’s house: A guest is bitten by the homeowner’s dog while visiting. 
  • Mail carriers and delivery personnel: While delivering mail or packages, a postal worker or delivery driver is attacked by a resident dog. 
  • Children playing: Playing children unknowingly approach a dog that feels threatened and bites them. 

The severity of injuries from dog attacks can vary widely, ranging from minor punctures to severe lacerations, crushed bones, and even facial disfigurement. Emotional trauma, including fear of dogs and anxiety in public spaces, is also a common consequence for victims. 

Compensation for Dog Bite Victims 

If you are bitten by a dog in Los Angeles, you have the right to pursue personal injury compensation from the dog owner’s insurance. This compensation may cover: 

  • Medical expenses: All medical bills related to the bite, including emergency room visits, surgeries, and ongoing treatment. 
  • Lost wages: If your injuries prevent you from working, you may be compensated for lost wages and income. 
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the attack. 
  • Property damage: If your clothing or belongings were damaged in the attack, you may be reimbursed for the cost of repairs or replacement. 

The Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer 

Navigating the legal process after a dog bite can be complex and challenging. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights, gather evidence, negotiate with the insurance company, and build a strong case for maximum compensation. We at the Law Offices of David P. Kashani have years of experience in cases like this and other personal injury cases, helping our clients get the compensation and justice they truly deserve. We can be you support not just legally but also emotionally as we go through the intricacies of your case. Contact us now to get started. 

Dog Bite Prevention Tips 

While California’s strict liability law protects victims, preventing dog attacks is always preferable. Here are some tips for both dog owners and the general public: 

  • Dog owners: Train your dog properly, socialize it early, and keep it leashed in public places. Be responsible and ensure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date. 
  • General public: Never approach an unknown dog, especially one that is not leashed or appears aggressive. Ask permission before petting a dog, even if it seems friendly. Teach children to respect dogs and avoid situations that could provoke them. 

Remember, being a dog owner comes with great responsibility. By understanding the laws and taking precautions, we can create a safer and more enjoyable environment for both dogs and humans in Los Angeles.