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Animal Bites Archives

Community ordinances that help to prevent dog bites

Dog owners in California have a responsibility to care for their pets and take action to stop them from harming other people. If a dog bites someone on a public or private property, the dog owner could be liable for the victim's injuries. A person who owns a dog that has already displayed dangerous behavior has a duty to prevent further attacks.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week aims to curb bites and costs

California has the dubious distinction of being a top state for dog bites. According to State Farm Insurance Company, the state ranked number one in insurance claims for dog bites in 2013. The week of May 15 was National Dog Bite Prevention Week for 2016. The campaign is designed to educate and encourage people to keep their dogs leashed or otherwise under control.

Can you prove an owner should have known their dog was dangerous?

There are so many dog owners in California, and for the most part, that is a good thing. Dogs are tremendous pets, and they can be loving members of any family -- and even a community. But we use the phrase "for the most part" purposely because, unfortunately, there are some dogs that are dangerous and a threat to people or the community.

Animal shelter sued for exposing child to risk of animal bites

Rescuing a dog from a California shelter is an admirable thing to do, though people would naturally expect the owners of such facilities to ensure dogs are placed in surroundings that will suit their behavioral patterns. Animal bites can have life-changing consequences. A child in another state became a dog bite victim after the family adopted a dog from the local SPCA shelter.

After an animal attack, who is responsible for damages?

Imagine walking down the street one day, minding your own business. All of a sudden, a dog turns the corner and stares at you. You stare back. The next thing you know, this dog charges towards you and tackles you to the ground, biting your arms, legs and torso. You suffer some injuries, and soon after the dog took you to the ground, the animal's owner runs out and tries to save you.

Seek out compensation after you're attacked by a dog

You probably love your pet, just like others do. That doesn't mean that it's okay for a pet to nip or bite another person. If you've been attacked by someone's pet, you know how dangerous a dog can be all too well. With so many in California, it's reported that the state has one of the highest numbers of dogs per capita in all of the United States, it's no wonder that there are reports of dangerous animals more commonly here.

Know when to file a lawsuit after a dog bite

If you have had the unfortunate experience of suffering a dog bite, you may consider filing a lawsuit. At Harting, Simkins & Ryan, LLP, we have seen the extreme damage that an attack can cause. Under California law, you have two years from the date of the animal attack to file a claim. But how do you know if your injuries are severe enough to constitute a claim?