Ensure Your Neighborhood is Safe from Irresponsible Pet Ownership
No matter how much we love dogs, the truth is an attack from one of these animals can cause severe and lasting damage. These types of injuries can occur in a variety of settings and usually happen unexpectedly, causing people to feel fear that they carry with them for years down the road. If you have been attacked by an animal or bitten by a dog, please contact the Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village dog bite injuries lawyer at Ercolani Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
Involved in a dog bite lawsuit in Southern California?
Even though dogs are man’s best friend, owners who do not take care to leash their dogs can be responsible for bites and attacks that happen as a result. California has specific laws that permit people to recover damages from irresponsible pet owners whose animals inflict injuries on other people.
Dogs are considered dangerous by law when they:
Force a person to defend against the dog’s aggressive behavior at least twice within the past three years
Bite someone for no apparent reason
Kill or wound a domestic animal at least twice within the past three years
When Is a Dog Owner Liable for A Dog Bite?
According to the California Civil Code section 3342 a dog owner can be held liable for the injuries their animal inflicts if:
The injury sustained was a result of the dog bite
The injury victim was either on public property or lawfully on private property
Additionally, California is one of the states that follow “strict liability” law when it comes to dog bites. This means that a dog owner can be liable for a dog bite even if they did not have knowledge that their dog would act aggressively.
Learn More About your Dog Bite Lawsuit in California
Experiencing an animal attack can be extremely painful and distressing, often resulting in scarring and other long-term injuries. Every animal owner is legally responsible for the actions of their pets, and dangerous animals must be treated with extreme caution.
If you or someone you know has been attacked, Ercolani Law Group may be able to help you take the steps necessary to prevent another incident from taking place. Our firm offers free consultations to help you get started with preparing your case. Get in touch with Ercolani Law Group now by dialing (805) 338-6880 or contacting us online.
Timing is Everything.
Do not delay in addressing your legal concerns. If your situation has gotten out of hand, contact a Ventura County lawyer at the Ercolani Law Group to learn more about how we may be able to help you.