With over 80 million dogs in the United States, it’s not surprising that at least 4.5 million dog bites occur every year. The California dog bite statute holds dog owners responsible for bodily harm or property damage caused by their dogs. It is no defense that the dog owner had no reason to know of the dog’s aggressive tendencies – he is strictly liable for bite injuries caused by his dog.
If you were bitten by a dog, it is important that you retain legal counsel in an effort to be provided the highest amount of legal compensation available for your injuries. Dog bite victims, especially children, are particularly susceptible to disfiguring face injuries, debilitating scarring, damage to the nervous system and lifelong emotional trauma. Victims of serious attacks require immediate medical treatment such as stitches or surgery, and medical bills can add up quickly.