According to a recent survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention there are more than 74.8 million dogs in the United States. This survey also shows that dogs bite more than 4.7 million people every year . Of those, more than 70% of these dog bite victims are children and often sustain serious injuries. Many serious dog attacks, such as the ones mentioned in our previous blog posts involve a dog of a friend or family member.
Like many states, California have enacted laws that hold the owner completely liable for a dog bite attack, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before. This is called strict liability, which means, that this statue eliminates the “one bite rule,” which means for protection for victims and potential victims. Under this strict liability statute, a victim of a dog bite injury only needs to show that the dog is owned by the defendant, the dog caused the injury, the dog attack occurred on public property and that the victim was injured by the actual dog bite – regardless if it was the dog’s first offense. So, even if it may be the dog’s first offense, the victim is protected under this new statute.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog biting accident, please feel free to contact our law office via email at Info@ArashLaw.com or call us at 877-702-7274 and we would be happy to assist you with any of your questions and the complicated process of dealing with your personal injury or dog biting case. Call 877-702-7274 today!