Husky Attacks

Many different types of dogs are commonly called huskies.  The term husky is popularly used to refer to all manner of snow dogs or northern breeds as they are also known.  Types of Huskies include the Siberian Husky, Greenland Husky, Sakhalin Husky, Alaskan Husky and the Mackenzie River Husky.

Huskies can overheat in warm climates making it more challenging to get in the exercise they need during hot summers.  Without properly handling Huskies can become difficult to control and aggressive.  Siberian Huskies and Husky mixes consistently make “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” lists.

Dog attacks occur more often than they should. There are more than 4.7 million dog bites per year in the United States and more than 300,000 of those attacks require medical attention.  If you or a loved one has been attacked by a Husky or other breed of dog, you may be able to obtain compensation for:

  • Medical expenses such as first aid, emergency room, hospital and ambulance
  • Future medical treatments such as scar reduction
  • Psychological counseling to overcome the emotional trauma of the attack; fear of dogs, fear of being outdoors, and dealing with disfigurement
  • Loss of earnings from work or the victim’s business
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement

A Husky dog bite victim in California can recover compensation under a special statute and the doctrines of negligence, negligence per se, scienter, and intentional tort.  California has strict liability for dog bites such that liability is imposed regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

The dog bite statute in California imposes liability solely on the dog owner.  However, any person might be liable if he or she was negligent or maintained custody or control of the dog with knowledge that the dog was dangerous.  In cities with a “leash law,” violation of the leash law constitutes a form of negligence.

The victim can direct a claim to other possible defendants, including employers, landlords and breeders. It is even possible to make a claim against someone who negligently entrusted a dog to another person who could not control it, like a child. Claims against people other than the owner might be crucial under certain circumstances, such as when the dog owner lacks insurance.

Huskies are known for their aggressive behavior and can bite.  However, regardless of the dog’s breed, all responsible dog owners should have an adequate insurance policy providing coverage for the victim and asset protection for the pet owner in the event the dog bites or attacks another animal or person.  Even the most docile and even-tempered animal can bite and attack.

Because any dog can bite and cause injury, states have made it possible for any dog to be listed as dangerous purely because of its behavior, and not because of its breed.  Some insurers are now excluding certain dogs based on their behavioral qualities such as past incidents of aggressive tendencies or behavior.  Many insurance companies do exclude Huskies from their policies.

The California dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group have the resources and experience in dog bite law to represent your case aggressively and effectively.  We seek to get you the maximum compensation allowable by law for your pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of wages, and loss of lifestyle.  Call us today at 866-613-9906 for a free consultation.  We serve all of Southern California including the San Diego County cities of San Marcos, Escondido, Fallbrook, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Penesquitos, La Mesa, El Cajon, Chula Vista, Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Cardiff and Solana Beach.  We also serve Huntington Beach, Big Bear and the Riverside County communities of Temecula and Palm Desert.

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