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Did you know that there are 77 million dogs in the United States and California has the most dogs of any state? About 40% of households own at least one dog.

While there are certainly many benefits to pet ownership, the joys and responsibilities also come with serious risks. Approximately 350,000 Americans end up in the emergency room from dog bites every year – and the pet owner may be responsible for the actions of their pet.

The saying that “every dog gets one bite” does not hold sway in California. Under California law, a dog’s owner can be held liable for the bite regardless of the dog’s history of attacks (or lack thereof). Moreover, California is a “strict liability” state, meaning the owner of the dog is responsible for the dog’s bite even if it appeared to be unavoidable.

In California, if you are injured by a dog bite you may recover compensation for your injury from the dog’s owner.

In order to prevail in court for a dog bite injury, the injured party must prove that they were in a public place, or lawfully in a private location, and that they were bitten by the dog. Therefore, a trespasser likely will not recover for a dog bite they suffered while committing the act of trespassing.

There are other exceptions to the strict liability rule for dog bites. For example, the injured party cannot recover if they were provoking the dog that bit them or if the dog was lawfully defending their owner from harm. A dog bite victim may also not recover for harm caused by a working police or military dog being used according to proper policies and protocol.

If you were attacked by a dog but it did not bite you, you may still recover for any harm caused. However, strict liability will not be imposed. Rather, you will have to prove that the dog’s owner was negligent in that they knew or had reason to know that the dog was dangerous but failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent the attack.

When an injured party prevails in a dog bite case, they may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of medical treatment related to the bite, lost wages for any missed work, and future loss of earning capacity due to the injury. They also may be compensated for pain and suffering and emotional distress resulting from the incident and, in rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded. Our dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles can help you fight for the fair and full compensation to which you are entitled.

Many dog bite victims wonder what will happen to the dog after the owner is successfully sued. In California, a dog that has bitten someone will usually be quarantined for 10 days and then returned to the owner.

A dog will only be put down in the rare cases when the dog has a history of attacks or is particularly vicious.

If you have suffered a dog bite in California and would like to learn about your rights, call The Law Help Center at (213) 444-3155 to speak with one of our experienced dog bite attorneys in Los Angeles today.

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