When a dog bites someone in the state of California, it is almost always the owner whose liability insurance is going to cover the damages. Here are the three requirements for owner liability for dog bites in California that cover nearly every case.
- The dog bite has caused damages – This is almost always the case with dog bites. If the bite breaks the skin and you can’t get proof of vaccination for rabies, you have to seek emergency medical treatment. Even if the dog is vaccinated, many bites require stitches or other treatment.
- The dog bite has occurred in a public place – When an owner takes a dog off their own private property, they are responsible for everything that happens after that.
- The dog bite has occurred on private property, but you were there legally – The only time an owner is not responsible for a dog bite is if it happens on private property and you are trespassing. If the owner invites you onto the property, they are responsible for keeping you safe, and that includes from their pets.
Fortunately, most homeowners or renters insurance policies include general liability, which will cover medical expenses and other losses. Of course, that means you will have to fight with an insurance company to get a fair settlement.
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The short answer is, yes, it should. However, dog bites are not automatically a specific part of your policy. The bite is a part of your general liability. Homeowners insurance covers a person’s legal liability in general. Therefore, it should cover a dog bite whether the dog was at home when the attack occurred or not.
On occasion, there may be a breed restriction written into the company’s insurance policy. This is up to the owner to know. If an insurance company has this sort of restriction, pit bulls are almost always on the list. In that case, the owner should choose an umbrella policy that will cover any sort of liability or a different insurance company that doesn’t restrict the specific breed they intend to own.
So does that mean the person who gets bit will have to deal with an insurance company to have medical bills covered? In most cases, the answer is yes. Since insurance companies are notorious for giving people the runaround when a settlement is due, it is important to have a personal injury attorney assist you in receiving the full compensation you deserve.
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Dogs are notorious for attacking the mailman. However, any delivery person should be careful when approaching a home with a dog present. Dogs are territorial and may see you as a threat if they don’t know you. Since private couriers may not go to the same home frequently, here are some quick tips to help you be safe around dogs.
- Be extra careful in the presence of the homeowner – Dogs get even more protective over people than the home itself. Even a friendly dog may get upset if you make a sudden move (like handing a package to someone).
- Remove your earbuds – You want all your senses in play if you encounter a strange dog. Being able to hear the dog coming can prevent you from making a sudden reaction that startles it worse. Being able to hear a growl would let you know to back off.
- Leave the dog alone – Never try to pet a strange dog, even if it seems friendly. You will have plenty of other opportunities to interact with animals in less dangerous circumstances. If a dog does seem agitated, remember that you shouldn’t turn your back.
It is better to call the customer and explain the situation than to receive a nasty bite.
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If you receive a dog bite, getting the proper medical care is vital. This is especially true if the dog has not been properly vaccinated or if you cannot acquire proof of vaccination in a timely manner. If the dog is vaccinated against rabies, then the main concern is keeping the wound from infection. Here are some tips to help:
- Clean the wound – Use a mild soap to clean bacteria from the wound. Run water over the wound for 5-10 minutes to flush out bacteria.
- Use a clean cloth to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. If you can’t stop the bleeding, seek immediate medical attention.
- Use an antibiotic cream – Many antibiotic creams also feature pain-relieving agents.
- Use a sterile bandage to wrap the wound.
- See your doctor to learn if any further care is needed.
- Change your bandages every few hours while you are awake and first thing in the morning when you get up.
- If you notice any signs of infection, seek further medical care. Signals that infection is setting in include changes in color around the wound, swelling, fever, or increased pain.
For serious wounds, you may require stitches. Depending on your medical history, you may need a tetanus shot. If the medical history of the dog is unknown or incomplete, you may be treated for rabies.
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A dog bite can cause a lot of damage on its own, but if there is no immediate danger to the life of the person attacked, then the number one concern becomes rabies. Here are three facts you need to know about this deadly disease in order to protect yourself.
- Rabies Still Exists in the United States – Some people think of this as a third-world disease. It is true that 95% of rabies death happen in poorer nations in Asia or Africa. However, this is not because rabies has been eradicated from the US. Rather, it is because treatment is readily accessible. If you are bitten in any state other than Hawaii, rabies is a concern (Hawaii was rabies-free as of the writing of this article).
- Foaming at the Mouth Is Not As Common As You Think – Most people believe that the way to know a dog has rabies is to see it foaming at the mouth. However, this doesn’t happen in all cases. Rabies generally causes the animal to exhibit flu-like symptoms.
- You Have to Be Treated Before Symptoms Arise – This is the scary part about rabies. If you start showing symptoms, it is too late for treatment. If you cannot be 100% certain the dog was properly vaccinated, a doctor is going to treat a dog bite patient for rabies just to be safe.
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Dog attacks are common, and if you want to avoid bites, you need to be careful, especially with a dog you have never met before. Here are a few ways in which you may unintentionally cause a dog to get his hackles up (literally).
- Raising your voice – Yelling makes a dog anxious. It doesn’t matter if you are yelling at the dog, the owner, or even just excited about what you are saying. Be cautious about raising your voice around a dog.
- Touching its face – This isn’t true of all dogs, but many dogs do not like to have their face touched. Stick to the neck or shoulders unless you know the dog well.
- Challenging eye contact – Eye contact is for communication within the pack. A stranger holding eye contact may be viewed as a threat.
- Wearing strong scents – Dogs have sensitive noses and dislike strong odors. A strong perfume or even deodorant may put a dog off.
- Your mood – Dogs are very sensitive to the moods of humans – If you are angry or even sad, it can make a dog feel stressed. If you are not in a good mood, it is best to avoid meeting a new dog.
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If you have been injured by a dog in the state of California, you are likely to receive compensation. This should be covered by the owner’s home or rental insurance. Either way, there are only a few requirements that you have to meet in order to seek compensation for your losses.
- A dog bite caused the damages
- And you were bitten while in public
- Or you were bitten on private property, but you were there legally
Really, the only time an owner would not be liable for the damages caused by their dog biting a person would be for an unlawful trespasser. Whether you are a welcome guest, a delivery person, or just someone passing by on the street, it is up to the owner to have their dog under control.
What recourse do you have if you have been injured by a dog and the expenses are piling up? If you live in southern California, we can help!
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If a dog attacks you, a personal injury claim can allow you to receive compensation for your medical bills and other losses. However, what if it is your dog that is attacked by someone else’s dog? Now the claim changes from personal injury to property damage. Even though your dog feels like part of the family, it is property for legal purposes.
That does mean that you may still be entitled to damages. For example, there may be expensive medical bills for your beloved pet. According to California, you need to be compensated for all damages that result from dog attacks.
Unfortunately, property damage claims do not include pain and suffering as a personal injury case would. For example, if your dog is permanently injured, you may receive compensation for future medical care. However, you won’t be compensated for the hardship your pet may face if it should experience lasting harm (for example, the loss of a limb).
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If you or a family member has been injured by someone else’s dog, Petrov Law Firm is here to help. And while we specialize in personal injury cases, if your family pet stepped in to try and save and the day and experienced harm, you should receive compensation for veterinary bills as well.
Give us a call today at 619.344.0360, so we can discuss the particulars of your case. Our experienced attorneys are just who you want in your corner when seeking compensation from an insurance company.Read More
Delivery persons have always been a target for dog attacks, and with more deliveries than ever before, thanks to the pandemic, you need to know how to stay safe. Whether you are a long-time delivery person or starting a new job, here are some tips to help.
- Don’t make deliveries with headphones on – We understand that music can help the day go faster, but stick to listening while in the truck. When you are approaching a door, you need to be aware of your surroundings.
- Be wary of interactions with the owner – Handing a package to the owner in the presence of a dog may be seen as an aggressive act. Be careful not to make any sudden moves toward a pet owner in the presence of the animal. Plus, during the pandemic, you want to keep your distance anyway.
- Don’t try to interact with the dog – Even if a dog seems friendly, that may change when you make an approach. Even if you really like dogs, it is best not to try and pet dogs you meet on your route.
- Back away – If a dog seems threatened, don’t turn your back on it. It is always best to back away. If you feel it is not safe to make a delivery, you can report it.
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You may have heard the reports last summer of a 6-year-old boy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who became a hero when he protected his sister from a German shepherd. In the boy’s own words, he just put himself between the dog and his sister and kept moving to keep himself in between. Unfortunately, the dog eventually attacked, biting the young boy’s face.
Fortunately, Bridger is recovering well and recently thanked doctors and nurses in a heart-warming video on the news. Just a word of caution before you go and try to find the video – Bridger’s injuries from the attack were extensive, and seeing the before and after (including 90 stitches) will be disturbing for most people.
The fact is that dog attacks occur every day, and many children don’t have a hero like young Bridger to take the bite for them. Since a child’s face is often at bite level for dogs, injuries are far more severe than when a dog attacks an adult. This leads to extensive medical bills. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, you may wonder how you will be able to pay for the mounting medical expenses. If you live in California, Petrov Law Firm can help.
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