A dog attack is a traumatic experience.
Being attacked by an animal is stressful, and something that often results in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you should seek medical help immediately. Dog bites can become infected.
If you live in Los Angeles, and you have been the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, call the Dog Bite Attorneys at Cheong , Denove, Rowell & Bennett at 310-277-4857. We understand the trauma of a dog attack.
California civil code places the burden of dog bites upon those who choose to have dogs. In California, there is no “one free bite” rule.
Unfortunately, 50% of dog attacks involved children under 12 years old. After which, they no longer view dogs as they once did. Not only can dog bites leave physical scars, they can emotionally traumatize children, who may forever fear dogs. Now, they see them as dangerous and vicious. You’re not only confused emotionally, but hurting physically.
When a Plaintiff seeks compensation, Civil Code §3342(a) [known as the Dog Bite Statute] the Plaintiff does not have to prove “the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” Instead, liability is established by proving that the defendant owned the dog; that the dog bit plaintiff while he or she was in a public place or lawfully on private property; that the plaintiff was harmed; and that the dog was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s harm. CACI 463 It is not necessary that the skin be broken for the Dog Bite Statute to apply.
If you or someone you love was not bitten, but was injured by being knocked to the ground by the dog, it must proven that the dog owner was negligent.
After a dog attack, it’s important that you take action as soon as possible. Dog bites often lead to infection and other medical complications, so it is important you seek immediate medical attention.
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(CACI are the approved jury instructions from the Judicial Council of California. Jury instructions are read to the jury by the judge and establish the law the jury must follow in deciding the case. A partner of Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett has been formally recognized as one of the attorneys who assisted the task force in the preparation of these jury instructions.)