Recently, a teenage girl in Corona was seriously injured by a pit bull that escaped from its owner’s yard and attacked her. According to reports, the girl and her puppy, a Shih Tzu, were enjoying a nice walk when the loose pit bull went after the smaller dog. The teenager was allegedly hurt when she attempted to save her dog. The unlicensed pit bull bit her arms and her right ear, which was nearly severed in the attack and had to be surgically reattached. The girl says she still suffers emotionally and physically from the attack.
In Los Angeles, does the victim of a dangerous dog attack have any legal rights or a chance for financial recovery? According to California’s “strict liability statute,” the answer is yes. Dog owners can be held financially responsible for injuries caused by their pets. California’s Civil Code Section 3342 clearly states: “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” If you or a loved one was injured by a vicious dog, contact an experienced dog bite attorney in Los Angeles.
With the help of a skill lawyer, injured dog bite victims can seek compensation from negligent owners for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, psychological counseling, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Along with compensatory damages, you might be able to recover punitive damages for your injuries.
Summer is coming, which means more kids playing in yards and on streets. Make sure that you protect your loved ones by avoiding dogs that look aggressive or are showing signs of aggression. Of course, some dangerous dogs attack unannounced. Regardless, if you or your loved one has been the innocent victim of such an attack, find the legal help you deserve.
The skilled doctors turned lawyers at BIKLAW understand the law, your rights, and your injuries. They will fight aggressively on your behalf to help you recover everything you deserve. Contact them today to discuss your potential case.