The Center For Disease Control And Prevention reported that annually, there are over four million United States citizens who are bitten or otherwise injured by dogs or other pets. While the number continues to rise, there is a reason to believe that such bites, when not treated properly, can result in devastating effects on victims.
Dog bites can lead to disfigurement, nerve injuries, and the openings created by the bite can serve as a surface for secondary infections to penetrate the victim’s body, thus further compromising their health. A recent study also revealed that most victims of dog bite attacks are children between the ages of five and nine.
Dog bites are a serious injury, and this is why it is recommended that any person who has been bitten by a dog or other animals should seek the services of our San Francisco Dog Bite attorneys who have worked on numerous cases of this nature resulting in verdicts favoring our clients.. If the attacking dog or pet belongs to another person, then you have legal grounds for a claim against the dog owner or the other party whose negligence has caused you injury.
In some states, there exists a ‘one-bite’ rule that protects the dog owner from liability if the dog responsible for the attack has never bitten anyone before or is considered not dangerous. The rule is aimed at protecting the dog and its owner, as there are some cases in which it can be proved that the injured party is at fault, or that there are no at fault parties responsible for the incident.
However, in the state of California, this rule does not apply. Here, the dog owner is held liable for the injury which has been inflicted upon the victim, even if it was a first time attack. “Strict Liability” puts the dog owner as the liable party in an animal attack case even if the owner has no reason to believe that their dog is dangerous.
Having understood the “strict liability” rule in operation, you may be entitled to some form of compensation after you have suffered injury as a result of a dog or animal bite. To be eligible to recover compensation for the injury sustained, you will have to work with our San Francisco Dog Bite lawyers to establish that:
In a dog bite case, your San Francisco Dog Bite attorney may be able to identify one or more parties who are liable and at fault. Some of the persons who may be named in this case are:
Our San Francisco Dog Bite attorney is ready to work with you to ensure that you do not have to bear the financial burden of medical costs from your pocket.