As a dog bite attorney with 40 years of experience I can tell you 2 things: the dog’s owner carries “strict liability” for the actions of their pet, and the majority of these cases are covered by homeowners insurance or renters insurance.
Orange County has a high percentage of homeowners, and likewise, a high percentage of dog owners. Los Angeles and the Inland Empire also have a lot of homeowners and renters with a dog. Most landlords now require their tenants to carry renter’s insurance including dog bite coverage.
Although most dogs are friendly and docile, there are many which are vicious and can attack without warning. However, any dog can bite when surprised, teased or when protecting its own turf, and many dog attacks in Orange County do not involve “vicious” breeds.
Dog bites can result in serious traumatic injuries and long term psychological effects which may require future medical treatment and therapy to resolve. Unfortunately, many times the injured victims from dog attacks will be children, who are less cautious towards strange dogs believing that all dogs are friendly. There unfortunately continue to be documented instances of dogs seriously mauling, and even killing small children and teens in very violent attacks.
The question is, how can a person best protect themselves from a dog attack. First, if you do not personally know a dog or have any experiences with a particular dog, it is best to avoid immediate direct contact with any dog. Many dogs have been known to snap or bite the hand/fingers of strangers that attempt to pet them. Secondly, if you see a dog without any restraint/leash, it is best to maintain a safe distance.
California has very strict leash laws. It is possible that any dog without a restraint is a wild or stray dog, that may attack when provoked.
If you, your child or someone you love is injured by another person’s pet you need a dog bite attorney with 40 years of experience who is legally skilled and highly recommended.
I invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 to speak with me personally for a free consultation. There is no cost to you out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.