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Who is liable when a dog bites someone?
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Who is liable when a dog bites someone?

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2021 | Dog bites

Many people in California own dogs. They can make great pets and become part of the family. They can also be useful as a way to protect their homes and families. Dogs like any animal have different personalities. Some have more energy than others, some are more aggressive, some are quiet, some bark much more and have many other differences. They are also animals and when they feel threatened or cornered they may act to protect themselves.

The way that they do this is by biting the animal or people who they feel threatened by at the time. When dogs bite people the injuries can vary, but sometimes people will suffer significant injuries which require stiches and other medical treatment, especially if the dogs bite the victim multiple times. Injuries from dog bites can result in significant medical bills for both the initial medical care as well as any rehabilitation.

Owners’ liability for dog bites

People who find themselves in this position may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries. Generally, the owner of the dog is liable for compensating the victim if the victim is bit on public property. The owner is also liable for dog bites that occur on their own property as long as the victim is lawfully on the owner’s property. This includes people invited onto the property as well as individuals such as postal workers, delivery drivers and others who either had implied invitations or other lawful reasons for being on the property.

Having a dog can be very enjoyable, but dog ownership in California comes with responsibilities. People need to ensure that their dogs do not bite other people. They could be liable for compensating the victims of the dog bite, even if the owner had no reason to know the dog was vicious or had the propensity to bite people. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating dog bites can be and may be a useful resource.