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Fido hasn’t bitten before. Does it matter?

How often have you been startled by the barking of a dog as you pass by or visit a home? Sometimes, what first appears to be a friendly pooch, can quickly change to a seemingly vicious hound. Let’s say that the dog does turn vicious and lashes out and bites, then what? What protections do you have if you are a visitor to a property which has a dog on the premises? Below are some answers to common questions pertaining to dog bites in the San Diego area.

Follow these steps after you are bitten by an animal

Let's say that you get bit by a dog or some other animal. The owner of the dog or animal certainly seems like a nice person, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the animal is properly trained, or even that the owner is a responsible pet owner. Here's the question: what steps should you follow in the wake of the animal attack?

Should some dogs be called dangerous before they attack?

Under California state law, the law does not define a dog as “potentially dangerous” or “vicious” until it attacks a human at least once and causes severe injury, or has two lesser attacks within 36 months. Even breeds notorious for being potentially deadly are considered innocent until proven dangerous.

Part III: What do I do if my child is bitten by a dog?

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.

Who is liable for a dog attack at an Airbnb rental?

In previous blog post we have discussed pet owner liability when it comes to dog bites. California's strict liability law states that dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets unless the bite victim was trespassing on the owner's property or entering the dog owners home unlawfully. What happens, however, if the bite occurs while you are in a home that you have rented through a larger company -- like Airbnb?

Dog bite lawsuit names famed "dog whisperer" as defendant

Fans of the Natural Geographic Channel's television program Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, have likely marveled at how the dog trainer and proclaimed whisperer has helped rehabilitate hundreds of dogs with problem behaviors. Among some of Millan's most challenging cases, are those dogs with a history of violent and aggressive behavior.

If I suffer a dog bite, can I sue the dog's owner?

While known as man's best friend, every dog has the capacity to bite. A dog bite injury can leave an individual with painful wounds that require immediate medical attention as well follow-up medical procedures like plastic surgery. In addition to the physical scars, the mental scars associated with a dog bite injury may leave an individual traumatized every time one encounters a dog.

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