With hundreds of thousands of dogs in the San Diego area, animal attacks are a fact of life. Dog bites can cause devastating injuries to children and adults alike. If you are the victim of an animal attack you should contact a San Diego dog bite attorney at the law firm of Aitken * Aitken * Cohn.
An owner of an animal that causes personal injuries or property damage can be held financially responsible, whether the owner is present at the time of the animal attacks or not. A San Diego dog bite lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
San Diego Dog Bite Law
San Diego dog bites are governed by California law which states that the owner of a dog is liable for the injuries suffered by anyone who is bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property.
The fact that a dog does not have a history of prior attacks or that an owner was unaware of the dog’s propensity for violence has little or no bearing on the case. An owner is held to a strict liability standard of care to protect people that come in contact with his/her dog.
Strict liability means that a person is liable for damages even if he or she was not negligent in the care and control of the animal. The owner can even be held responsible for injuries if the animal was temporarily or permanently in the care of someone else.
If an animal is provoked or if the person injured is trespassing or committing another criminal act in the owner’s home, the rules of liability are different. Special rules may also apply if the victims of animal attacks are children.
San Diego Dog Bite Lawyer
Every time an animal attacks there are unique circumstances that only an experienced San Diego dog bite lawyer will have the knowledge and experience to sort out. The dog bite attorneys at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn have successfully represented numerous victims of dog bites and other animal attacks.
Protect your rights by contacting our firm to schedule an evaluation of your case.