Individuals can be bitten by an animal under a number of circumstances. Animal bites can range from superficial wounds to more severe wounds that potentially cause serious injury or even death. Most cases of animal bites involve dogs, but a bite from any animal can be harmful.
Animals bites, especially serious ones, often raise questions of liability.
California has specific laws concerning liability for dog bites. The California dog bite law makes the owner of a dog strictly liable to the victim for any dog bite. Strict liability under the law means that the owner would be liable even if the owner had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous. As such, a dog who has never showed aggression in the past who uncharacteristically shows aggression by biting will still result in liability for the owner.
However, strict liability under the dog bite statute does not apply if the victim was trespassing, provoking the dog, on the job and injured by his employer’s dog, or performing a paid service involving the dog such as dog walking or veterinary services.
In the case that a victim is bitten by another animal, it is important to contact a knowledgeable law firm, such as The Law Office of Robert L. Starr, in order to evaluate any liability issues.
Animal Bites are a Serious Issue and Should be Handled Immediately
A person injured because of an animal bite may be eligible for compensatory damages including payment of medical bills for treatment of the injury, lost wages, compensation for permanent disability, emotional distress, and other reasonable damages linked to the animal bite accident.
If you have been injured by an animal bite, contact The Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential case evaluation