Dogs can be lovable and make great pets, but they are also capable of tearing through human flesh with one bite. After many people were seriously injured by dog bites and attacks in California, state law was changed to make it easier to hold dog owners responsible for the damage caused by their unruly pets.
Today, dog owners in California can be held “strictly liable” for injuries caused by their pets. What that means is that it doesn’t matter if the dog owner did anything wrong or knew the pet was dangerous, the owner can be held liable if the dog attacks a person and causes injury.
Oftentimes, pet liability is covered under homeowners insurance policies, so dog bite victims often have to work with the pet owner’s insurance company. All too often, insurance companies refuse to settle for the total cost of the injuries. That’s why many people seek the help of an experienced personal injury law firm to represent their interests.
Dog bites can not only lead to expensive medical bills but also permanent disfigurement, nerve damage and emotional scars. When handling dog bite cases, our firm works with professionals such as medical experts, psychiatrists and animal trainers to attach an accurate dollar amount to injuries suffered by our clients.
If you or a loved one was attacked by a dog, you should know that you have up to two years after the incident to pursue legal action against the dog owner.
To find out more about the services we offer to victims of dog bites in San Francisco, California, please visit our dog bites page.