Dog bite injuries happen so frequently, the American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors National Dog Bite Prevention Week each May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 800,000 Americans suffer dog bites that require medical attention annually. The medical costs associated with dog bites were $18,500 per stay, according to a report published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2010. Los Angeles dog bite injuries require an attorney experienced with the intricacies of California dog bite law.
What Are My Rights If I am Bitten?
Dog bite victims deserve to be returned as close to their previous physical and financial condition if they were not at fault for the accident. In some situations, an individual may trespass on someone’s property, causing an animal to inflict injury. In situations that warrant compensation, the victim was not negligent in her actions and suffered an injury.
California law establishes several doctrines under which you can recover compensation. California is one of the states that enforce a dog bite statute that determines a dog owner is liable for his animal’s conduct, regardless of prior knowledge or acts of viciousness on the animal’s behalf. California Civil Code section 3342 states that the owner is responsible even if the victim is lawfully on the owner’s private property or in a public place.
In addition, California enforces liability based on scienter, or prior knowledge of an animal’s conduct. For example, if the animal has bitten someone in the past, the dog owner is liable for bites that occur to the same or a different victim in the future. Negligence is another doctrine under which Los Angeles dog bite injuries may be prosecuted. The owner’s inability to handle the animal, failure to control the animal or violation of any animal control laws can each contribute to negligence claim.
How Cohen & Marzban Law Corporation Help Me With My Dog Bite Case?
The circumstances under which your injury occurred play a significant role in how the case should be handled. An attorney well versed in Los Angeles dog bite injuries law can assist you with developing a case and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. The various doctrines under which a case can be prosecuted warrant a knowledgeable lawyer with experience in personal injury claims. A representative from Cohen & Marzban Law Corporation will review the evidence, secure the appropriate documentation, negotiate a claim on your behalf and argue your case in court, if necessary.