San Gabriel Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Home to one of the most picturesque landscapes in the country and a mild, year-round climate, the San Gabriel Valley is the center of outdoor activities. From the Vincent Lugo Park to historic landmarks as old as the city itself, residents and tourists often spend more time outside than inside. With jogging trails, green spaces, gardens, tennis courts, walking loops, outdoor gymnasiums and more, San Gabriel has much to offer. Unfortunately, dog attacks often occur outdoors in public places, and can be harmful to young and old individuals alike. If you have been injured by a dog, contact an experienced San Gabriel dog bite injury lawyer on our website TODAY to get a free consultation regarding your case and how we can help you get the compensation that you deserve!California Laws Related to Dog Bites And Animal Attacks
Different states have different laws regarding dog bites and who can file lawsuits after an animal attack. California has the following relevant laws that you must adhere to when filing a suit for an animal attack.
- One Bite Rule – Some states have adopted the “one bite rule”, which basically means that if the dog has never bitten anyone before or showed any sort of aggressive behavior, they are permitted “one bite” that the owner is not liable for. However, the state of California has not adopted this rule, and has decided that whether or not the dog has never bitten anyone or showed aggressive behavior, the dog owner is liable for any bite or attack, including the first one.
- Strict Liability – California has a strict liability statute when it comes to dog bits and animal attacks. This means that dog owners, dog sitters, and anyone else that has custody, care, or presumed control of the dog is liable for injuries caused by their dog at the time of the accident. There are four elements that must be met when filing a strict liability claim for a dog attack in California.
- First, the part you are seeking compensation from must be the owner or caretaker of the dog at the time of the accident.
- Second, you must have suffered some form of injury or harm
- Third, the harm or injury that you suffered must have occurred on public property, or while you were legally on private property (this includes (1) being the guest in a friend or neighbor’s home or yard; (2) mail person; (3) contractor with an implied invitation, and; (4) a first responder).
- Finally, the dog of the defendant must be a substantial cause of your injury at the time of the accident.
- Statute of Limitations – California has a certain time in which the victim of a dog bit must file a claim, known as the Statute of Limitations. This statute states that the victim must file a claim within two years from the date of the attack to seek legal remedies.
Keep in mind that these laws apply not only to dog bites, but also to bites and attacks from other animals. They also apply to animals that have contributed to your injury due to a lack of duty of care on the part of their owners.
These laws and other procedures specific to dog bite injuries in California can become complicated and confusing. That is why it is important to reach out to one of our attorneys at Walch Law as soon as possible after your injury occurs so that we can help you to recover financially for your medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and more.Talk to an Experienced San Gabriel Dog Bite Injury Lawyer TODAY
With hundreds of thousands of dollars to our clients that have been the victim of a dog bite or another animal attack, Walch Law has the experience that you need to successfully win your case. You don’t pay a penny unless we win your case, and even then, the at-fault party will most likely pay all of your costs. That means you don’t have to worry about money coming from your pocket while seeking compensation for your injury. Call us today at 866-INJURY2 [866-465-8792], or visit our website to talk to an experienced San Gabriel dog bite injury lawyer now for a FREE consultation regarding your injury, and how we can best help you win your case! We are available 24/7 and look forward to discussing your case with you.