Were you or someone you love bit and injured by someone else’s dog? Are you unsure of your next steps? Dogs, often touted as man’s best friend, can unfortunately turn hostile, leaving victims grappling with physical and emotional distress. Even the most seemingly amicable dogs, ones with no history of aggression, can unpredictably bite, resulting in severe injuries. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a dog bite, you may be entitled to financial compensation. In such instances, working with an experienced California dog bite lawyer is a recommended, viable course of action. That’s where Belal Hamideh comes in. With years of experience, Belal has worked for clients to receive the compensation they deserve. Now, he can do so for you.
California’s Dog Bite Law
In the state of California, a dog owner is held accountable for any damages caused by their dog’s bite, whether it occurs in a public or private setting. The term “lawfully” implies that the bitten individual is on the dog owner’s property by invitation, expressed or implied, or is engaged in duties such as postal work, among other lawful activities.
California’s civil code on dog bites establishes “strict liability,” holding dog owners unequivocally responsible for their dog’s actions. Regardless of the dog’s previous demeanor, a sudden bite resulting in injury makes the owner liable.
It’s important to note that this strict liability typically doesn’t extend to dog caretakers or sitters. In such cases, the owner, not the caretaker or sitter, remains liable for any damages. The intricacies of these cases can escalate rapidly, but our team excels at pinpointing liability and advocating aggressively for your rightful compensation.
Determining Liability in Dog-Bite Injuries
In dog bite cases, the owner shoulders primary liability, adhering to the principles of strict liability. This legal framework applies if the bite occurs in a public or private space where you were lawfully present. However, negligence on the owner’s part leading to non-bite injuries may also warrant liability.
Caretakers and dog sitters, though involved in the incident, seldom bear direct responsibility for damages. Belal Hamideh and the team here have experience with discerning the intricacies of each case, striving to hold liable parties accountable for your rightful compensation.
Addressing Familiar Dog Owners
In a strong majority of dog injury cases, the owner has a pre-existing relationship with the victim. It’s essential to realize that friends, relatives, or neighbors are typically not personally burdened with the financial repercussions. Instead, their insurance coverage is responsible for compensating victims.
Timelines for Lawsuit Filing
You have a two-year window from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. While this might seem like a substantial timeframe, prompt action is encouraged. Early engagement with an attorney expedites the case-building process, accelerating the process so that you can receive the compensation you deserve that much faster.
Experienced California Dog Bite Lawyer Ready to Help
Belal Hamideh offers free consultations to discuss your circumstances. You didn’t ask to be bit by a dog and injured so, you very well may deserve compensation for all that you’ve been through. Schedule a consultation via phone or our contact form, and let us help. Hablamos Español.