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San Francisco Dog Injury Attorney

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.

 

The Strict Liability In San Francisco Dog Bite Cases

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.

 

Evidence needed to prove your dog bite claim

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:

 

  • The defendant named in the case owns the dog
  • The bite occurred when you, the victim, were legally on private or public property, and
  • You, the victim, were bitten by the dog, resulting in an injury.

 

Establishing the at-fault/Liable parties

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:

 

  • The landlord of the property: he or she may be held liable if he or she knew the dog to be dangerous and failed to remove it from the property prior to the attack.
  • The Dog’s caretaker: The dog’s caretaker may also be held liable for the injury if he or she had prior knowledge of the dog’s temperament and failed to protect others from it.
  • The landlord of the commercial property: landlords are expected to keep their properties safe and free from potentially harmful materials, in this case, the dog. If a tenant on the property owned the dog, then the landlord can be held accountable whether he or she is aware of the dog’s presence on the property or not.
  • Property Owners: Private property owners can be held liable for exposing guests and visitors who are legally and lawfully on their property to harm.

 

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.

 


 

Our San Francisco Dog Bite lawyers understand that each case is unique and this is why we treat it as such, approaching your case with the utmost professionalism and putting together a fool-proof strategy towards winning for you the compensation you deserve. Call us today!

 

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