San Diego, California, residents who have the misfortune of getting bitten by a dog may feel somewhat sorry for the owner of the animal, particularly if the owner seems apologetic about what happened and generally nice.
A previous post on this blog discussed how, under California law, dog owners are strictly liable to pay compensation if their animal bites another person. While this certainly helps injured San Diego residents get compensation for their losses, it does not make a dog attack case easy, particularly if the owner or the owner's insurance company wants to deny responsibility.
In addition to whatever local regulations San Diego has in place with respect to dogs, California has a statewide law designed to prevent dog bites and, when they occur, to give the victims of these bites the ability to get compensation for their losses.
For many, dogs are wonderful companions and family members. They are loyal, always happy, fun to play with and loving. Dogs are called "man's best friend" for a reason, and most of the time, they fit that bill perfectly.
Some of the most serious incidents of dog bites involve situations in which more than one dog attacks at the same time. Dogs, after all, are pack animals, and they are most effective at attacking when they act together as a pack. Whereas the worst one dog in a pack might do is inflict a minor injury, the pack of dogs can seriously hurt or even kill a person.
Although perhaps not as common in California, many residents of San Diego are probably still at least somewhat familiar with the notion that some breeds of dogs are inherently more dangerous than others. In some states and cities, special laws even exist that impose additional restrictions and rules on owners of dogs thought to have dangerous breeding and are thus more prone inflict serious dog bites.
Dogs are widely considered as man’s best friend. Not only are they popular pets but also act as our guardians against individuals with malicious intent. Despite their adorable perception, a dog is also susceptible to unpredictable behavior in the company of large crowds. While some are accustomed to the constant friendly petting from guests, some do not welcome such behavior but instead exhibit aggressive actions.
The holidays can be an exciting time for humans, but for animal companions, that's not always the case. Dogs are used to their family members, but not all of them understand why there are many guests coming over or why there are loud parties or events happening so often. Animals that are overwhelmed by the holidays can become aggressive, lash out and potentially cause harm to guests or visitors.
Some states practice strict dog-bite laws that, in the case of a dog-biting incident, may place liability on the owner of the animal who will then be required to compensate the injured party. In other states, where such laws don't exist, if the injured demands recompense for their injuries they must provide proof to the court that the owner of the attacking animal was aware of the violent tendencies of the animal.
Dogs are the most popular pets in the world, however, they have the potential to attack. This means someone could be seriously injured and may require expensive medical care. This could result in injury and lost wages. In the worst cases, this could even lead to death. The question here is whether the owner knew that the dog was prone to attacking or not.