Common situations where a dog may bite someone include when you are visiting the owner’s property. Since the dog lives there, it may feel the need to display dominance, which can progress into biting. If you were injured on someone else’s property, you should hire a Newport Beach accident injury attorney. They can help you show that they are liable for maintaining a safe environment for visitors.
Is a property owner liable if their guard dog bites you when you’re trespassing? Many people get dogs for protection against burglars. Even a small dog that won’t stand a chance in physical combat against a trespasser can bark, alerting the owner and/or scaring off the trespassing person. If you were on someone’s property uninvited, premises liability changes. Trespassers are not entitled to the same level of care and protection that guests are, so it’s likely that your dog bite injuries won’t be paid for by the dog owner.
Dogs often bite joggers, cyclists, and motorcyclists that pass by them because they resemble prey. The chase may be exciting to the dog, but you should never slow down. Try not to pay attention to it, as it may just run at you and quit once it realizes it’s not worth the energy. If you are a cyclist who was attacked by a dog and pulled off your bicycle, you can try to use the bicycle as a shield between you and the dog. Many Newport Beach dog bite attorneys will advise joggers and cyclists to carry pepper spray should they be attacked.
Ask any postal worker or delivery driver and they will tell you that they encounter territorial dogs on a regular basis. Walking up to someone’s house and delivering a package can be threatening to a dog even though you’re just doing your job. If you were bitten by someone’s dog while on the job, then you may need to talk to your employer about filling out a worker’s compensation form. Worker’s compensation should cover any expenses resulting from the dog attack, eliminating the need to file a dog bite injury lawsuit in California.
California takes dog bite cases very seriously. The state follows the doctrine of strict liability, meaning dog owners can be held accountable for damage and injuries their pets cause in almost all cases. As long as you and your Newport Beach dog bite lawyer can prove that you did not provoke the dog in any way, you can be compensated for your injuries.
As we already mentioned, friendly gestures such as embracing a dog can be interpreted as threatening, but California courts will not consider this provoking the animal. Examples of provoking a dog into biting you will be continuing to taunt, aggravate, poke, or hurt a dog after it has displayed clear signals that it is irritated.
The California law of strict liability means that dog owners are liable for all dog bites, regardless of how many times the dog has bitten before. The doctrine states “the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place … regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
Your Newport Beach accident injury attorney will tell you that the owner must pay for your medical bills and other damages. Under the strict liability law, the owner is still liable if they had no idea their pet could act aggressively. Even if you are the first person the dog has ever bitten in its life, the owner is still responsible for all damages resulting from the bite.
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