Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Los Angeles Dog Bite Claims
How do I know if I can file a claim against the dog owner?
If you were bitten by a dog, you may wonder whether you can file a claim or lawsuit against the owner of the dog. This may vary depending on your particular case, but California enforces strict liability in dog bite cases. This means that the dog owner will be held responsible, regardless of whether the dog previously attacked someone or showed aggressive behavior. It will be important to talk to an attorney about your particular case to determine whether you have grounds for a claim.
What is my dog bite case worth?
The value of a particular dog bite case in Los Angeles will vary most often based upon the extent of injury you sustained. For more serious dog bite injuries, a larger settlement is likely. The impact your injuries have on your life and livelihood will also influence the potential financial compensation you may be able to receive.
Is a dog owner responsible if the victim was trespassing on his or her property?
If the victim of a dog attack was trespassing on the dog owner's property at the time of the attack, this may mean that the dog owner would not be held liable. This is an exception to the strict liability of dog owners in California.
What does it mean to "provoke" a dog?
Another exception in regard to dog owner liability may be if the victim provoked the dog. This is generally defined as acting in some way that elicits a response from the dog and causes him or her to attack. Some examples of what may constitute provocation include: shouting at the dog, attacking the dog, hitting the dog, or possibly attacking the dog's owner.
For more information and help with your case, contact a Los Angeles dog bite lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group.