Human beings love their dogs, and their dogs love them back. Do you know that there are over 90 million dogs in the united states which are owned as pets?
Despite this seeming love between owner and pet, this sadly does not stop some of these dogs from sometimes being aggressive not only towards their owners, but to strangers well.
However, having a dog being aggressive to you would perhaps be tolerable. What would probably be unacceptable would be to have a dog attack you to the point of biting you and causing you bodily harm and injury.
Which is perhaps why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are an unbelievable 4.5 million people in the United States who are bitten by dogs each year, with over half of all dog-bite related injuries occurring at home with dogs that are familiar to us.
Another stat that is perhaps even more unfortunate than the above, is the fact that California is the dog-bite capital of the United States, with 1,394 dog bite claims in 2016, which was an increase from 1,684 from 2015. California, sadly again, also has the highest average cost per claim, standing at $76 million.
While nobody would like this to happen to them, it sadly does happen all too often.
If it sadly has happened to you, your child, or someone you know and love, and they have been a victim of a dog bite, then you should speak to us here at the law firm of Personal Injury Attorney Thousand Oaks.
The thing to understand about how we will approach your dog bite claim, is to know that there are basically three different types of laws that impose mandatory liability on a dog owner, in the event of a dog bite:
- A dog-bite statute: Whereby the owner of the dog is automatically liable for any injury or damage to property that a dog causes.
- The One-Bite Rule: Which stipulates that a dog owner is responsible is responsible for any injury caused by their dog, if the owner knew that they dog was likely to cause an injury. in essence, the victim of the dog bite must be able to prove that the owner knew the dog was dangerous.
- Negligence Laws: Wherein the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless or negligent in controlling the dog.