Experienced Attorneys For Dog Bite Injuries In San Diego
A dog bite is among the most sudden, frightening, and painful personal injuries to experience—and one of the most likely to cause lasting phobias, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Even a small dog can cause permanent damage and scarring, and larger, more aggressive breeds can inflict serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Dog bite injuries can be especially severe when a child is the victim, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children between five and nine years old are at the highest risk of being bitten.
The dog bite injury lawyers at Garmo & Garmo, LLP know how to pursue compensation from dog owners and insurance companies, while applying appropriate discretion to avoid disputes between friends, neighbors, and family members. We say this because dog bites can happen anywhere but often occur in familiar environments. For example:
- A dog may have chased and bitten you while you were walking or jogging
- Dogs are known to lunge at bike riders and skateboarders
- A neighbor’s dog may have bitten you when you went to get the mail
- A friend’s dog could have even attacked you or your child in their home
In California, dog owners are responsible for the acts of their dogs. This means the owner of a dog is almost always subject to strict liability for the injuries his or her dog causes, regardless of whether the dog had a propensity for viciousness.
California does not follow the “one bite rule,” which basically gives dog owners a free pass if a dog has never bitten anyone before and the owner had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous. Rather, dog owners in California are always responsible for their dogs, no matter how “sweet,” young, old, possessive, anxious, damaged, etc. Even on the owner’s private property, the owner is responsible for his or her dog’s actions.
While a California dog owner cannot raise a dog’s personality as a defense, there are a few situations where the owner may not be liable for dog bite injuries. These defenses include provocation, trespassing, and illegal acts. Our dog bite injury lawyers are familiar with these defenses and know how to overcome them for the benefit of our clients. For example, simply because a dog bite occurred on private property does not mean the victim was trespassing; likewise, reaching out to pet a dog is not provocation.
No matter the circumstances surrounding a dog bite injury, the owner of the dog may be held liable for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages arising from the attack.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, the law supports your right to hold the dog owner responsible, and the experienced legal team at Garmo & Garmo is ready to build a strong case on your behalf. Call our office in El Cajon today at 619-441-2500 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.