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Understanding dog bite laws in California

When you encounter a dog in a park or at the house of a friend, you are unlikely to feel threatened by it or in any danger. You may even be inclined to pet it and engage in playful behavior because most well-trained and healthy dogs respond positively to such behavior. However, if you had an experience where a dog acted aggressively toward you and bit you, it is likely that you will be in a great deal of pain and will need to seek medical attention as a result.

In the state of California, dog owners are strictly liable for dog bites that occur on public property, and for dog bites that occur on private property when the victim is on the property legally. Therefore, if you were bitten by a dog in California, you may want to consider taking action to gain back damages for the financial expenses and emotional suffering that resulted.

What does strict liability mean in regard to dog bites?

Strict liability means that a dog owner will be liable for any injuries that occur even if they did not display any negligence. Essentially, they are responsible for any actions that their dog takes. This makes it very easy for a dog bite victim to take legal action because they do not have to prove that the dog owner did anything wrong, only that the dog bit them.

If you have suffered a dog bite in California, it is important that you take swift action to claim damages. In doing so, you may be able to get compensation for financial and emotional damages.

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