Dog bites and other animal attacks can be especially brutal and leave the victim with permanent injuries, like scars, or emotional injuries, such as fear of animals. Victims even experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Children are especially vulnerable to dog and animal attacks.
Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets.
When a pet owner fails to keep their pet on a leash or confined to their property, then they may be responsible if their pet attacks and causes injuries to another person. What’s more, if a pet owner fails to properly train or care for their pet, making it more prone to violent attacks, then they may also be liable if their pet injures another person.
What is “strict liability”?
“Strict liability” means that the owner’s liability does not depend on actual negligence or an intent to harm but rather is based on the breach of an absolute duty to ensure that their animal is safe. This would apply to an owner of a dog that has already attacked or bitten someone. The owner would then be strictly liable for a subsequent attack on another person. It would also apply to an owner of an animal with vicious tendencies, such as a dog trained to fight, or an exotic animal, such as a lion. That owner would be strictly liable for any attack on any person.
In California, a judge can order a “Dangerous Dog Hearing” even before trial to make sure that the animal does not injure another person. An animal attack claim can sometimes be difficult to navigate, so it is important to contact one of our attorneys at Schwimer Weinstein to review your case.
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