Expert Los Angeles Dogbite Attorneys
A person who keeps or has control of an animal may be liable for personal injury or property damage caused by the animal. A keeper of an animal is one that "harbors, protects, or shelters" the animal. It is not necessary that the person is the "owner." However, an owner who retains some degree of control over an animal can be liable even if the animal is partly under the care of others. Normally, the owner of an animal is liable only for negligence if the animal causes injury or property damage. Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care in keeping or controlling the animal.
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The California Law
California law provides that the owner of a dog is liable for the damages suffered by anyone who is bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner's property. The fact that a dog does not have prior attacks, or that the owner has no awareness of a dog's viciousness is not determinative.
The California dog bite statute can impute "strict liability" on the owner's of vicious animals. Strict liability means that a person is liable for damages even if the person used ordinary care, and, therefore, was not negligent in keeping or controlling the animal. The keeper's liability is said to be absolute in the sense that the gist of the action is not how the animal was kept but that it was kept at all in light of its dangerous propensities. A plaintiff who can prove the animal's dangerous nature or trait and the keeper's "knowledge" of it, need not prove negligence in failing to restrain or confine it. Actual notice is not required. An owner's knowledge can be "constructive" wherein an owner can be liable if she could have learned of the propensity through reasonable inquiry. Additionally, the owner may be liable if his employees, agents, partners or family knew of the animal's dangerous propensities.
Extended Liability Of Dog Bite Owners In California
Under California law, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for injuries and damages caused by the owner’s dog. As experienced Los Angeles Dogbite Attorneys have recovered for dog bite victims in all sorts of dogbite case including clients who while on motorcycles, bicycles, and motor scooters have been attacked by a dog.
For example, we had a case where a dog dashed out to a riding bicyclist, causing the bicycle to fall and the client to fracture his ankle. We obtained a recovery against the dog’s owner. We had another case where a dog charged at a client riding a motor scooter and threw him to the pavement. We proved it and obtained a very favorable settlement from the dog owner’s insurance company by convincing them that they should settle with our client. We have also obtained recoveries for clients when a dog or dogs jumped on them and pushed them to the ground, causing injuries including surgery.
If you have been injured in any way due to an animal attack, please contact us. We are experts in obtaining recovery under all applicable California laws on behalf of dog bite victims. Do not wait. The clock is ticking.
What Every Dog Owner Should Know
The latest statistics have shown that dogs bite 4.7 million people in America each year.
There are 62 million dogs in the United States. Unfortunately, Americans are purchasing fiercer breeds and are leaving their dogs more often home alone, untrained, and unsupervised. Most dog bites or attacks occur when dogs are tied up long periods of time or spend most of their time by themselves and therefore do not get used to strangers. Of course, these dogs have also not had basic obedience training.
A dog owner is liable for every bite his or her dog inflicts on another person. The old law was that an owner was not liable unless the dog had already shown it was likely to hurt someone. However, the law has changed. Most states including California hold owners liable for any harm their dog causes to another person. This is true whether or not the owner believed beforehand that their dog was dangerous. Dog owners are responsible for an injured person's lost wages, medical expenses, etc. Dog owners can prevent bites by teaching their dogs good habits, it's that simple. You must, as an owner, train and socialize your pet. There are humane societies everywhere which offer low cost basic obedience classes which we highly recommend you enroll for you or your dog if you haven't already done so.
The Los Angeles dogbite attorneys of Nadrich and Cohen have tried numerous cases where dogs have bitten others, and we have recovered some very good rewards for our clients. It is always best that a dog not bite someone in the first place, however, should you need a dog bite attorney in Los Angeles or anywhere else in California call us today at 1- 800-718-4658.
Horses: A stablekeeper must use reasonable care to learn the habits and dispositions of the horses kept for hire. A stablekeeper warrants that the horse is suitable for a particular rider and can be liable for damages if the horse causes injury.
Cattle: It is the obligation of the property owner of cattle to "fence out" free-running domestic animals to prevent damage to crops and other properties.
If you have been injured by an animal attack, immediately contact The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP for a free evaluation of your potential case.
10 Things you can do if you have been injured by a dog or animal
- If you have recently been injured by an animal and have not sought medical attention, you should do so immediately.
- Immediately report your accident to the police and request a copy of the Police Accident Report.
- Try to obtain the name and contact information of the animal owner.
- Try to get the name and contact information of any people who witnessed your accident.
- Try to take photographs of the animal that caused your injuries in the location of the accident.
- Try to take photographs of any visible injuries you have suffered as a result of the incident with the animal or permit our investigator to accomplish this.
- Do not have any communication with the owner of the dog or the owner's insurance company. If you accept any form of compensation, you may waive your right to claim additional damages.
- Try to save any clothing that may have been damaged by the animal.
- Please save and take photographs of any property damage caused by the animal.
- Contact our law offices for a free evaluation and obtain the services of a very aggressive law firm that specializes in dog bite cases.
- It is imperative that you immediately contact an Aggressive Personal Injury Law Firm such as Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. We will protect your rights!
Contact Los Angeles Dogbite Attorneys Nadrich and Cohen to Protect Your Rights
The law offices of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are extremely experienced and successful in obtaining compensation for dog and animal bite victims. We have handled numerous lawsuits against the owners of dogs and have obtained millions of dollars on behalf of dog bite victims. Please immediately contact one of our dog bite lawyers by calling us at 1-800-718-4658 or click here to submit your potential case.
We are available seven days a week and will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.