Dog Bite Claim Procedures For California Residents
All dogs can become aggressive and attack or bite. What differs from one dog to the next are the specific triggers that can cause such reactions. For example, most dogs will become defensive and bite in defense if they are cornered and if pain is being inflicted on them, especially if the individual hurting them is someone who is not familiar to the dog. Certain breeds are more prone to aggression and, as a result, they account for a significant number of attacks on humans. The bottom line is that it is hard to predict when or if someone will get bitten by a dog. While there are certain behaviors that will likely cause a dog to become aggressive, not all dogs will act accordingly.
California Civil Code section 3342 places strict liability on the owner in the event of a dog bite or attack. So, if you are a victim of a dog attack and you are in a public place or lawfully in a private place, then you have a claim against the owner of the dog. Fortunately, for both the owner and the victim, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover liability stemming from a dog attack or bite up to $100,000.00 (individual)/$300,000.00 (aggregate). In fact, more than a third of all homeowner’s insurance payouts are related to dog bite incidents. The average amount of these insurance settlements is over $32,000.00 dollars.
If you are a victim of a dog attack or dog bite incident, you need attorneys that are experienced in dealing with insurance companies, knowledgeable about this specific area of law, and aggressive in driving your case to victory. At Venerable Injury Law, we have helped thousands of victims enforce their rights and claim the benefits due and owing to them. Even when insurance companies were not involved, we have been successful in negotiating with, and litigating against dog owners to obtain compensation for victims who were injured by improperly supervised animals. We know how to take care of victims, push injury cases forward, and obtain maximum compensation for our clients.