For any dog person, a dog is a great addition to any family. Even if a person does not own a dog, they are very fun to be around, as they are very comforting to be near and a joy to play with. While there is many positive things to say about being a dog owner, the reality is that much responsibility is placed on a person once he or she purchase a dog. One is not only tasked with care for the dog appropriately, but a dog owner must take responsibility for their dog when incidents such as a dog bite occur.
No matter how kind a dog seems, the truth of the fact is that they are wild animals. Although domesticated, a dog has instincts and will react to situations and fear. Therefore, even a dog that has never shown any aggressiveness or has ever bit anyone could end up biting or attacking another person. In the state of California, a dog owner is liable for any harm suffered by a dog regardless of the dog owner’s knowledge of the dog’s viciousness or dangerous propensity.
This means that a dog owner in California is liable for any damages suffered by a person that was bitten by your dog while in a public place or while lawfully at a private place. This includes being on the property of the dog owner. It should be noted that if a dog owner knew of his or her dog’s viciousness and failed to secure the dog, this could result in felony changes.
No one expects to be bit by a dog. It is a shocking event, often leaving a victim overwhelmed by the situation. However, those harmed by a dog it or attack should take the time to fully understand their situation. By asserting a civil action, such as a personal injury claim, this could help a victim recover losses through a monetary award.