Riverside Dog Bite Attorney
Dog Bite Injury Claims
If you, your child, or a loved one has been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner. At Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation, our Riverside dog bite attorneys possess over 45 years of experience settling and litigating negligent accident injury claims throughout the Inland Empire. We can help you win fair and just compensation that will cover your medical expenses, emotional trauma, and more.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Getting bitten by a dog might not sound like a regular or threatening occurrence, but canine attacks can actually have very serious consequences. Dogs bite around 4.7 million people every year according to Petpedia, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 800,000 of these annual attacks require medical attention. Injuries can be caused by a dog’s sharp teeth and claws, their large size and heavy weight, and bacteria that live in a dog’s mouth.
The following injuries are common after a dog bite accident:
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Deep wounds or lacerations
- Infections, like rabies
- Loss of limb (amputation)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Puncture wounds
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Dog Bite Liability
Under California's dog bite law, the owner of a dog is generally held strictly liable if his dog bites another person causing that person to be injured. In other words, owner's liability does not depend on whether the owner was negligent in the way they kept or controlled their dog while it was out in public or even on their own property, but rather the law imposes automatic liability on the owner from the mere fact that their dog bit another person and caused injury.
An exception to this general rule can occur when the person bitten by the dog has actually provoked or taunted the dog in some way causing the animal to bite them when it otherwise would not have done so without such provocation.
This rule of strict liability imposed on the owner also applies regardless of whether the dog had any vicious propensities to bite people or even that the owner had no such knowledge of the dog's vicious propensity to bite human beings.
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