Dog Bite Attorneys in Fresno
Holding Dog Owners Accountable for Dog Bite Injuries
It’s something that we never expect to happen, but individuals around the world and in the Fresno area are often bitten and injured by another’s dog. Because dogs are not accountable for their own actions, we hold their owners responsible. It is up to dog owners to train and control their dogs in public settings in order to keep them from injuring others.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog, fault can almost always be placed on the dog's owner or the individual responsible for the dog at that given time. The Fresno personal injury attorneys at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt know what it takes to be sure that you are compensated for every physical and financial imposition you’ve experienced from the bite.
Understanding California Dog Bite Law
The law is written to the essential effect that in the event of a bite, except in a handful of certain scenarios, the owner of the dog will be held liable. It’s important to understand the exceptions. The law is written so that if an individual is bitten in public space or in private space for which he or she was given permission to, either by implication or by invitation, then the dog owner will be held liable.
The Owner May Not Be Held Liable in the Following Scenarios:
- A military or police dog defends itself from a provoking or harassing individual
- A military or police dog attacks in the apprehension of a suspected criminal
- A military or police dog bites in the investigation of a crime or possible crime
- A military or police dog bites in the execution of a search or arrest warrant
- A military or police dog bites in the defense of a peace officer or of another person
- The individual bitten has not been given permission to be on the private property
What You May Expect to Recover
If your injury was sustained in a manner that holds you completely innocent of a crime, and the event occurred through no provocation or harassment of any kind, it is not even necessary to prove negligence in the owner – it is more or less implied. Whether the dog was not on a leash, has a history of violence, or was improperly contained does not matter.
You may expect to recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emergency transport and medical expenses
- Loss of wages, present and future
- Punitive damages for reckless endangerment