Dog bites continue to be a common occurrence in California. Untrained, un-socialized dogs that have not been neutered or spayed can be dangerous to people. Dog owners need to be aware of their responsibilities for training, socializing, and controlling their dogs. Suffering a dog bite or animal attack can be very traumatic and result in the need for both psychological and medical attention. Whether the bite is the result of negligence or not, a dog bite victim is entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, scarring, and medical bills.
Under California law, the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. In certain limited situations, somebody other than an owner can also be held responsible.
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