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Dog owners are strictly liable for injuries and damages

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2019 | dog bites |

California’s statute of limitations for filing a legal action to recover from injuries or harm incurred through a dog attack is two years from the time of the occurrence. Whether a wound requires a few stitches or hospitalization, a dog’s owner is responsible for remedying the damages caused to another animal, livestock or an individual.

As noted by CityWatch Los Angeles, a dog’s owner is strictly liable for any injuries that occur in a public place. This includes streets, sidewalks, beaches, stores, parks and any place open to the public. The canine’s owner is also strictly liable for bites and attacks that occur in a private place such as a residence where the dog also lives. An exception may be when an uninvited trespasser comes onto an owner’s private property and the dog attacks.

Reporting dog bites

Because dogs and other animals may have rabies, reporting a bite is critical to preserve the health and safety of all Golden State residents. The Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health and Rabies Control is the agency to contact with reports of animal bites and attacks that occur in San Fernando Valley. Upon receiving a report, law enforcement officials may remove the dog from its owner, evaluate it and place it in quarantine for 10 days in order to determine that it is safe.

Seeking medical attention

Individuals bitten by a dog may require antibiotics or a shot to prevent a possible rabies infection. This is one of several reasons to seek medical attention even when a dog bite appears small or minor. A dog’s saliva also contains harmful bacteria called Capnocytophaga canimorsus that may be fatal to certain individuals, as reported by The bacteria can transfer from the animal to an individual when the teeth puncture the skin.

Getting relief and recovery

Dog bite injuries may be severe enough to require a period of rest and recovery. Victims may seek financial relief through a civil action for damages that includes lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.