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Are owners liable if their dogs bite someone?

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2020 | Premises Liability |

Many people in California own pets. There are many different pets that people own as well. They could be pets such as birds or other animals which live in cages inside their homes. However, many people also own animals such as dogs, which go outside from time to time. This means that they will often times interact with others in public or when the owners have visitors to their homes.

Dogs for the most part are friendly animals that do not harm others, but this is not always the case. There are many dogs who may be aggressive towards people for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they may not even show signs of aggression towards others and all of a sudden attack for a seemingly unknown reason. They can cause serious injuries to others if they do attack as well.

Liability for dog bites

The owner of any dog who attacks another and cause injuries is liable if the attack occurred in a public place or to people who were lawfully on the owner’s property. Being legally on the property means the victim was either expressly or implicitly invited to their property or had a legal right to be on the property such as a mail carrier.

The owner is also strictly liable for the injuries caused by their dogs. This means that the victim does not need to prove that the owner was negligent or had a reason to know that the dog was vicious or may attack someone.

Dogs may be called man’s best friend, but dogs are still animals and can be unpredictable. When people get a dog they are accepting responsibility for any injuries that the dog causes by biting a person. This means that they may be required to compensate the victims of dog attacks for the damages they suffer. This can include paying for hospital bills, lost income and other damages suffered by the victims. Experienced attorneys understand how dog bites affect people and may be a useful resource.