Dogs may be man’s best friend, but even the most loyal four-legged companion has the ability to inflict serious, and even fatal, injuries. Under California law, as is applicable in Chula Vista and surrounding areas, dog owners are legally obligated to keep their dogs under control at all times, including being securely enclosed within the property while at home, and on a leash elsewhere. Did you know that California had two fatal dog bite accidents in 2017, leading to the state ranking joint #3, along with Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia? The only states to see more fatal dog bite injuries were Ohio, with 4 deaths, and Texas and Georgia, with 3 fatal dog bit injuries apiece.
If you, or a loved one, have been bitten by a dog in or near Chula Vista, an expert attorney fromThe Eugene Bruno & Associates could ensure you recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you, while holding the dog’s owner accountable for their actions.
Dog bites happen far more frequently than you may think, with some of the following statistics making for very sobering reading:
If you are interested in dog injuries which occur closer to home, the San Diego County Department of Animal Services report:
As California imposes strict liability on a dog owner whose dog inflicts injury on any person, it is not considered an adequate defense to state that they owner was unaware that the dog had aggressive tendencies. The only exception to this is injuries caused to a person who was trespassing onto the dog owner’s property. Otherwise, if you have been bitten by a dog, a Chula Vista dog injury attorney could ensure you recover monetary damages in respect of: