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Dog Attacks

Dog Attacks

Dog attacks are as dangerous as they are terrifying. The State of California understands the immense risk associated with dog attacks and imposes a strict liability law as a result. Very generally, this means that the fact that a dog had never been violent in the past doesn’t excuse a dog owner or handler who fails to prevent his or her dog from dangerously attacking others. If you or someone you love has been injured in a dog attack, it’s time to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney

Strict Liability

Dog owners in California are usually responsible if a dog attack ensues, but this liability isn’t limitless. For liability to apply, both of the following must be true:

  • You were bitten by the dog in question.
  • You were either in a public place or were lawfully in a private place, such as in someone’s yard as an invited guest, at the time that you were attacked. If you were carrying out your job as a package or mail delivery person, for example, your presence on private property is considered lawful. 

One caveat to this liability is that you can’t sue for injuries sustained as a result of being attacked by a law enforcement dog that was on the job or that was defending itself against provocative or otherwise annoying behavior. 

Associated Damages

Being attacked by a dog is often a traumatic event that can lead to serious injuries and associated damages, including:

  • Medical Costs – Dog attacks tend to include vicious bites and other forms of mauling that can lead to extensive physical damage. These wounds are also extremely vulnerable to infection. If the attack involves your face and/or neck, it can lead to permanent disfigurement. The medical expenses associated with dog attacks are often vast.
  • Lost Wages – A dog attack can leave you off the job for an extended period and can lead to lost earnings that make paying for your mounting medical expenses that much more difficult and stressful. If the injuries you’ve incurred affect your ability to do your job, you could face decreased future earnings that have serious financial implications. 
  • Pain and Suffering – The physical and emotional suffering associated with being attacked by a dog is difficult to fully comprehend. To begin, many victims experience serious anxiety that extends to a life-long, debilitating fear of dogs. While it can be difficult to quantify pain and suffering, it represents significant damages that should not be ignored or diminished. 

Look to a Dedicated San Francisco Dog Attack Attorney for the Legal Counsel You Need

If you or your loved one has been injured in a dog attack, the accomplished personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Righthand are well-positioned to help guide your claim toward a just resolution that covers your complete range of physical, financial, and emotional damages. Our formidable legal team is on your side, so please don’t wait to schedule a free consultation by contacting us today.

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