California Dog Bite Lawyer Serving the Greater Los Angeles Area
When Fido gets aggressive and attacks you, you don’t need to sit idle and nurse your wounds. Dog bites are illegal, and dog owners are liable for the actions of their canines. California law permits victims to seek full compensation in dog bite cases. At The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady, our attorneys have successfully pursued, negotiated, and tried numerous dog bite cases. Whether you decide to settle your case or proceed to trial, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you protect your rights as a dog bite victim.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Los Angeles, you should consult with a dog bite attorney immediately to discuss your options. The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady can help you investigate the case, determine if the dog owner has insurance and if there is coverage, negotiate with the defendant, and prove your case in court. Call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady today for a free dog bite case evaluation at (866) 666-6529.
Dog Bite Liability
California is a strict liability state for dog bites. This means that the dog bite victim does not need to prove negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct. Mere ownership of a dog triggers liability. Thus, from the moment that the defendant becomes the owner of the dog until the time of the bite, the owner is strictly liable or responsible for the dog’s actions. This includes when the dog is in the owner’s possession, such as on a leash, or loose and not controlled by the owner.
According to California Civil Code Section 3342, the owner of the dog is strictly liable for any dog bite injuries, regardless of whether the dog had been vicious in the past or if the owner had been aware of any prior viciousness. Police canines who are trained to assist police officers with taking down suspects are exempt under the statute.
Thus, at trial, the plaintiff needs to prove only that: (1) the dog bit the victim, and (2) the defendant owns the dog.
Exceptions to the California Dog Bite Statute
While the California dog bite statute is known as a strict liability statute, there are some circumstances in which the dog owner is excused from liability. These include:
- The victim was trespassing on the owner’s property. This means that the victim did not have permission to enter private property, encountered the dog, and was injured by the dog.
- The victim provoked the dog. If the victim hits the dog and the dog responds by biting the victim, the owner is not liable for any injuries.
- The victim is a dog-walker. If the victim is caring for the dog and is hired by the owner, the dog is in the custody and control of the victim. The owner is therefore not liable for any injuries.
- The victim is working and is bitten by the employer’s dog. While the victim can still seek damages, they will have to be sought under labor laws, not the dog bite statute.
Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Cases
As with all civil cases, there is a statute of limitations for dog bite claims. In California, the statute of limitations is two years from the day you were bitten. This means you must file your complaint in court within two years. After this time elapses, you will be barred from bringing your case. As such, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney immediately to file your dog bite lawsuit.
Experienced California Dog Bite Attorney Prepared to Achieve Results for You Today
Many dog owners may be resistant to covering the costs of dog bite injuries. If you have been bitten by a dog, you need the experience and expertise of a proven dog bite litigator on your side to pursue your claim. Contact the skilled dog bite attorneys at The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady for a free initial consultation at (866) 666-6529.