Riverside Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
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If you have been injured by a dog in Riverside, you need an attorney that can win you the compensation that you deserve. Walch Law has the experience that you need when it comes to handling dog bite cases, along with any other animal attack that you may have been injured in. Visit our website today to learn more about how you can recover and speak with a seasoned Riverside dog bite injury lawyer for a free consultation!Dog Bites and Animal Attacks in California
States have different laws surrounding who can recover from an animal attack, and when they can do so. California has the following relevant statutes that dictate whether or not you can recover from a dog bite.
- “One Bite” Allowance – Many state have integrated the “one bite” rule into their legal systems, which means that domestic animals and their owners are not liable for the first dog bite incident. This rule, however, does not apply in the state of California. Regardless of whether or not the animal has shown aggressive behavior in the past, or if they have never bitten anyone, dog owners can be held liable for the injuries that their dog causes from the very first incident.
- Liability – Usually the liability for an animal attack falls on the animal’s owner when it comes to seeking financial compensation for your injury. California has a strict liability statute when it comes to dog bites that holds the owner responsible if the animal injures another person. Additionally, even if the owner did not have direct supervision over the animal at the time of the attack, individuals with temporary custody can be held accountable. This means that dog walkers, dog sitters, and overnight pet facilities can also be held liable if you are attacked by an animal under their care.
This rule is not limited to dog bites, either. If you have been scratched by a cat, knocked off your bicycle by a dog, or attacked by another animal in some fashion, you can potentially recover for the costs associated with your injury.
California outlines four specific elements that must be met to successful hold a dog owner liable for an attack.
- The individual that you are seeking compensation from must have been the owner or temporary caretaker of the animal at the time of the attack.
- You must have some sort of injury or bodily harm as a result of the attack.
- The injury that you suffered must have taken place in a public location, or while you were allowed to be on private property. This includes being invited into the home or yard of the dog owner, being a first responder, or being an individual with an implied invitation to enter the premises (contractor, mail person, etc.).
- The dog involved in the incident must have played a substantial role in the causation of your injury.
If you think that you have reason to seek legal remedies following your attack, call us today to learn more! We will help you determine what you might be eligible for after your attack, and the best way to proceed seeking those avenues of financial recovery.
Keep in mind that California also has a law known as the Statute of Limitations, which says that the victim of a dog bite typically has two years form the time of the incident to seek legal remedies. Two years can seem like a long time, but can pass quickly. Don’t wait, call us today to find out more!Contact a Seasoned Riverside Dog Bite Injury Lawyer TODAY
We have put millions of dollars back into the hands of our clients that have been injured in Riverside, and throughout California! We have the expertise that you won’t find anywhere else in the entire state! Call now at 866-INJURY2 [866-465-8792] or click here to visit our website to learn more about what we can do for you. You will speak with a seasoned Riverside dog bite injury lawyer about the specific details of your accident for FREE! We also work on a contingency fee, which means that you won’t pay ANYTHING unless we win your case! We are available 24/7 and look forward to discussing your incident with you.