Who Is Liable for My Dog Bite Injuries?

Los Angeles is full of dogs and dog owners. While some owners are capable of training their dogs into good behavior, others might treat their dogs cruelly or encourage their dogs’ aggressive qualities. When you encounter an unfamiliar dog, you never quite know whether it’s friendly or whether you should keep your distance.

All people are obligated to keep their dogs on leashes when they are out in public. However, if they lose control of the leash or they don’t follow the law, California’s dog bites statute imposes strict liability on the owners of the dogs that hurt other people.

For example, if your dog is feeling scared and nips another person, breaking the skin, you would still be held liable for that person’s injury even if your dog has no history of bad behavior. Other states allow dogs at least one bite before imposing liability laws, but California is stricter on this front.

While this rule seems straightforward, there are some circumstances where it doesn’t apply. For example, this law only applies when the person injured was in a public place or lawfully in a private setting; trespassers are not protected. Likewise, this rule doesn’t apply to police or military dogs performing their duties. Bites are also the only type of damage covered by the law, so if a dog destroys property, the owner wouldn’t necessarily be liable under this law. Last, the law applies to the owner of the dog only, not anyone who might have been walking the pet at the time of the attack.

If you were injured by a dog bite, talk to one of our skilled Los Angeles dog bites attorneys as soon as possible. Mardirossian & Associates, Inc. is dedicated to helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (323) 648-3478 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultation today.


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