Everyone knows that children do things that adults wouldn't. For example, a child might walk up to a strange animal to pet it without permission. Or, perhaps in a fit of aggression, a teen could kick or maim an animal. While most dog bites are not a result of mistreating an animal, this can play a role in whether you can seek compensation after your child suffers an attack. Here are four things you should know about dog bite laws in California.
When a dog bites your child, one of your primary concerns is likely whether the dog was known to be aggressive before the incident. It is important to understand some basic information about dog aggression so that you have a better idea of the facts if you opt to seek compensation.
No matter how nice a dog treats its owner, dogs are still animals, and their behavior is therefore unpredictable. Indeed, attorneys who represent San Diego residents bitten by dogs often speak to the parents of a young child who was bitten while playing in the neighborhood. Invariably in these cases, the owners of the dog will try to say that their dog is docile, and sometimes they'll argue that it was the child's fault for provoking the animal in some way.
Here in California, more people are sued over dog bites than in any other state, and by a large margin. If you're a dog owner in the Sunshine state, it is unwise to not know the laws surrounding dog bites and the terms of your insurance policy that may cover damages from a bite.
The worst has happened. Despite your best efforts to teach your child how to be safe around animals, he or she has suffered a dog bite. As a parent, the emotions in that moment may be difficult to handle and you may feel overwhelmed when you try to decide what to do next.
A California man was recently sentenced for crimes in connection to a fatal mauling of a toddler involving three pit bulls. The man was caring for the 2 year-old, who was his step grandson, when the incident occurred. A local CBS affiliate, CBS 8, reported that the man had separated his five pit bulls from the area he was using to care for the child, keeping the dogs in the garage. The young child was left unsupervised and wandered to the garage. The boy somehow entered the area where the dogs were kept and was fatally attacked, reportedly by only three of the five dogs. Details from the investigation note the young boy received over 100 dog bites.