Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Most of the bites aren’t serious, but many do result in time lost from work, medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma and suffering. If you were bitten by someone else’s dog in California, you may be entitled to money from the dog owner (or from his insurance company) to pay you for costs related to your dog bite injury.
The main issue in dog bite lawsuits is proving liability. Your California personal injury attorney at the Liljegren Law Group will help you prove that the dog owner should be held liable for the injuries you sustained because of the dog’s actions. In California, you will have to prove the dog owner is at fault based on strict liability. Under strict liability laws, almost any injury the dog causes will be deemed the fault of the dog owner. However, there are a few exceptions such as trespassing. The dog owner may not be liable if the victim trespassed upon property where the attack occurred.
The two key elements necessary to prove a California dog bite claim are:
- That the defendant was the owner of the dog that attacked.
- That a dog bite occurred.
Although sometimes difficult, the California dog owner usually can be identified with licensing and vaccination records, as well as the testimony of witnesses. In most California dog bite cases, the second element can be established with photographs, medical records, witness statements or other evidence that the dog caused substantial physical harm. Many people believe that every dog is allowed “one bite.” Under California law, this is simply not true. A dog’s good behavior before an attack does not shield the owner from responsibility.
It is important to file your dog bite injury claim before the statute of limitations runs out. In California, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the dog bite. Once you file the claim against the dog’s owner you will work with your attorney and/or insurance company to negotiate a settlement with the other party (or insurance company). If you and your California personal injury attorney are unable to negotiate a settlement, you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out. If you allow more than two years to pass, you will not be able to legally file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner to collect money for your injuries. The sooner you contact the Liljegren Law Group, the better it is for your case. Our attorneys will investigate the facts of the case, determining who is liable for your personal injuries.
If your dog bite occurred in California and the injury claims worth more than $7,500, you will need to file your lawsuit in the appropriate California Superior Court. If your California dog bite claim is for less than $7500 you will need to file your personal injury lawsuit in the California Small Claims Court that has jurisdiction. The California dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group will be able to help you with your lawsuit and can tell you which specific court is the appropriate court to resolve your dispute. Contact our office today at 866-613-9906 for a free legal consultation.
The various types of California dog bite laws can be very confusing. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog it is important for you to speak with a California attorney who specializes in California dog bites and dog bite attacks. You owe it to yourself to seek an experienced California dog bite attorney. The Liljegren Law Group has achieved fantastic results for dozens of seriously injured clients bitten by dogs. Call us today.