Who is liable for injuries caused by dog bites?

 

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Hey everyone this is Ted Ravan from Ravan law and welcome to another Ted Talk Tuesday.

I got a special guest for today’s topic Dog Bites. California Dog Bite law imposes strict liability on owners. This means that an owner of a dog that bites someone, bases liability in a lawsuit for the victim’s injuries, even if the animal has never bitten anyone before, and the owner had no reason to believe the animal was dangerous. However, this does not mean that if someone was bitten, then they are automatically able to obtain a settlement or recover from their injuries.

You may be prevented from recovery from a dog bite if you provoked the canine, you were trespassing on private property, the animal is protecting its owner or another person in accordance with self-defense laws, and the dog was a military or police dog being used in accordance with written policy. Remember, dog bites are serious and may come from dogs that you wouldn’t expect. If you have any questions about this topic or any of the topics I’ve discussed, don’t hesitate, call me at (888) 5-ASK-TED.

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