When a dog bites a person, the owner of the dog is typically responsible for the injuries caused by that attack. Indeed, California is known as a strict liability state when it comes to these types of injuries. While there may be a few exceptions, such as if a victim provoked the dog or was trespassing, the victim of a dog bite attack has rights which can be enforced.
Some victims may have to contend with face injuries and disfigurement. Also, a dog bite attack can result psychological trauma, particularly if the victim is a child. This can all lead to costly medical care, ongoing treatment and therapy.
Once the injuries are assessed and the necessary care is determined, the cost can be calculated to ensure the compensation sought is adequate given the situation. Medical bills may be easy to calculate and prove in a civil court situation. However, on-going care or surgeries needed in the future must be considered as well. Pain and suffering may also be assigned a value.
Any pursuit of civil damages in a California court requires careful preparation. Agreeing to compensation before knowing the full future costs or the toll a dog bite may have on physical and mental health can lead to accepting an amount that isn’t sufficient for what may be needed down the line. Typically, a dog owner’s insurer is primarily interesting in limiting the potential cost of a claim. Our webpage has important information online about the true cost of suffering a serious dog bite and what legal action may be appropriate.