Dog Bite Lawyers in Sacramento
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When a pet owner loses control of their dog, the animal may scratch, bite, or knock over those nearby. Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pets under control in public areas and on their own property where others are invited to visit. If you, your child, or other loved one was attacked by a vicious dog, you have the right to pursue compensation for the injuries you've sustained.
At Del Rio & Caraway, P.C., we are wholly dedicated to helping our clients find justice after suffering an injury in a dog attack. We understand navigating these situations can be overwhelming when you are already facing strong emotions. Our Sacramento dog bite lawyers are here to relieve the stress of negotiating for a settlement so you and your family can focus on moving forward. We take the time to listen to your story and needs so we can make a plan you’re confident in.
Call our team today at (916) 229-6755 for more information about your legal options. We are here to protect your right to compensation after an accident or injury caused by someone else.
Strict Liability Dog Bite Laws in California
California considers dog bites through a lens of strict liability. Essentially, this means an owner is responsible for any and all injuries caused by their pet, even if the dog had no prior history of aggression. An owner cannot defend themselves with the claim that their dog has no history of aggressive behavior.
In California, or any other strict liability state, you will have to prove:
- Your injuries or losses were caused by a dog bite
- You were bitten in a public place, or while lawfully in a private space (like the dog owner’s home)
- You did not provoke the dog
When a dog is responsible for scratching or knocking over a victim, other laws may come into play. The same is true for those bitten by a dog that is carrying out military or police work.
However, you shouldn’t give up your right to file a personal injury lawsuit just because you’re confused about dog bite laws. Our Sacramento dog bite injury attorneys can help you understand what steps you can take after a dog attack.
Injuries to Children
A dog attack is scary enough on its own, but it becomes worse when you realize most dog bite victims are children. Being attacked in this way can be tragic for a child, who may fear dogs for the rest of their life. Additionally, children are more likely to sustain injury to their head, neck, and face. Not only can these wounds be dangerous—they can also leave lifelong scars that can affect a child’s self-image and self-esteem.
Why Should I File a Lawsuit?
If you were harmed in any way by a dog bite, you should not have to suffer the consequences alone. Filing a lawsuit can also help ensure that the dog owner takes responsibility for their animal, which may prevent the dog from being classified as dangerous (and subsequently put down) in the future.
Additionally, dog bites can cause serious injuries and infections, which can be expensive and certainly justify legal action.
What Happens to the Dog's Owner?
If you file a dog bite lawsuit, the dog’s owner will become the defendant. When you win your case, they will be required to compensate you for damages, and thus cover the cost of:
- Bite treatment
- Rehabilitative care
- Loss of income while healing from the bite
- Diminished earning potential if the bite is severe
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
If the dog owner’s behavior was especially egregious, the court may award you punitive damages, which serve to punish the defendant and prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
What Happens to the Dog?
In Sacramento, dog bites must be reported to the county’s Department of Animal Care and Regulation. From there, the dog will be investigated. Sometimes, this means the animal will be quarantined for 10 days in a pound, veterinary hospital, or its owner’s home. Other times, an investigation just means the dog’s vaccination and licenses will be verified.
A dog will not be put down in California unless it is proven to be a dangerous dog. This is a separate hearing altogether, so you will not have to worry about a dog being euthanized if you file a lawsuit against its irresponsible owner.
Call (916) 229-6755 to speak to one of our caring and dedicated lawyers. We can help dog bite victims pursue the compensation they need to recover from an attack.
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