Dogs make our lives richer and better; we call them our best friends, after all. But it’s not always rainbows and butterflies when it comes to dogs. They can attack at a moment’s notice, causing horrific damage and leaving their victims in critical condition or even dead. A dog bite attack is nothing short of traumatic and often leaves behind long-lasting severe injuries that the victim must contend with for life. If you or someone you love has experienced a severe injury due to a dog bite attack, you have the right to collect compensation and to hold those responsible for the attack accountable.
Because there is a two-year statute of limitations on seeking damages in a dog bite accident, it is important for you to contact Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and their Palm Springs dog bite attorney right away after the attack to begin the process of compensation for your injuries.
Statistics on Dog Bites
There are nearly 75 million dogs in the U.S., notes the Centers for Disease Control. While most are loving and gentle, dogs are unpredictable and can turn aggressive at the drop of a hat, often without provocation. For this reason, 4.7 million people, notes the CDC, or roughly 2 percent of the population of the United States, is bitten by an aggressive dog each year. Of particular vulnerability are children, who constitute seven out of 10 dog bite attack victims. The elderly are likewise more susceptible to attacks by aggressive dogs.
Liability in Palm Springs Dog Attack Cases
California holds the owner of the dog strictly liable for any injuries that the dog causes, even if the dog has never shown aggression and has no history of biting. Strict liability eliminates the “one bite rule” that is present in many states. As a victim of a dog bite attack, you need only show that the defendant in the case owns the dog, the attack occurred while you were lawfully on private property or on public property, and that the dog caused the injury during the attack.
Sometimes a dog’s owner may be held jointly liable for a dog bite injury with the dog’s caretaker, such as a dog walker, but only in the case of dogs who had shown aggression in the pasts and the caretaker was aware of the aggression. Likewise, landlords may be held to account in some instances if it can be proven that the landlord knew the dog was on the property and knew that it was dangerous. In the same vein, if the landlord or property manager does not maintain the property in a way that prevents a dangerous animal from escaping, and then the dog simultaneously attacks someone, he can be held liable.
Consultation With a Palm Springs Dog Bite Attorney
Dog bite injuries can be quite severe, leaving you with a lifetime of problems. You have the right to collect compensation to lessen the impact of the dog attack on your life and the lives of your family members. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP has a history of helping dog attack victims be made whole again. Schedule your no-obligation, no-cost case review now to get started on the claims process.