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.
Dog Bite Attorneys in California
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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.
Help for Dog Attack Survivors in San Diego
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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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It is summertime, and that means many will be out riding ATVs. It is a fun hobby, and parents with adventurous children may decide to get their kids into riding at an early age. However, ATVs are not a toy, and so it is essential to understand how to keep your child safe, even when they are having fun on one of these vehicles. Here are some tips before their first ride.
- Make sure your child has the proper gear – That includes compliant headwear and clothing that covers the majority of the skin (including gloves).
- Check local laws before riding an ATV on a paved road. Remember that the purpose of ATVs is for off-road use, so drivers won’t be looking for an ATV on the road.
- Adults should never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and that is even more true for kids.
- Don’t put two people on an ATV designed for one.
- Make sure the ATV is the right model for your child’s age.
- If your child is under 16, you should be there to supervise.
- Teach your child to use a safe speed.
- Start out with an ATV riding course before letting your child ride on their own.
If You Experience an ATV Injury in Southern California
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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.
San Diego’s Dog Bite Lawyers
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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.
If You Have Been Injured By Someone’s Dog
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Every year, motorcyclists lose their lives on California roads, and many more are injured. To protect yourself, please follow these vital safety recommendations.
- Never get on your bike under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Focus on visibility – Many motorcycle accidents involve vehicle drivers who claim to have not seen the cyclist. Use your lights, wear something reflective, and use extreme caution when lane splitting.
- Know your limits – Even the most experienced motorcyclist can be involved in an accident. The odds increase exponentially when a rider is doing something beyond their ability level. Follow the laws of the road (especially the speed limit), and never attempt to perform tricks at high speeds or in traffic.
- Wear the right gear – If you are involved in an accident, a helmet can save your life. Make sure you are wearing long sleeves and pants. Use fabrics that can protect you from the road if you are knocked from the bike at high speeds.
- Don’t trust drivers – Always assume that they are too distracted to see you. The fact of the matter is that when a motorcycle gets into an accident with a car or another vehicle – regardless of who was at fault – the person on the motorcycle is going to be on the losing end of the crash.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident Injury
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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!
Southern California’s Dog Bite Attorneys
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In 2017, California state law began to allow for lane splitting by motorcycles. This means that a motorcyclist can ride between moving vehicles or stopped vehicles. It is a great way to beat traffic. However, it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. Here are a few tips that were provided on the California Highway Patrol website.
- Consider factors like weather conditions, the size of the vehicles you are passing, visibility, and the width of the lane before deciding to pass.
- The faster you drive and the greater the difference between your speed and that of other vehicles, the higher the risks become.
- Do not lane split between trailers, buses, RVs, or other oversized vehicles.
- Driving on the shoulder is not lane splitting. It is both illegal and dangerous.
- Wear reflective gear, even during the daytime, to be as visible as possible.
- The safest place to lane split is considered to be between the two lanes furthest to the left.
Remember that some drivers may be from other states where lane splitting is illegal. Therefore, some drivers may not be looking for or expect a motorcycle to be passing between them and another driver. Lane splitting does add increased danger, should only be attempted by experienced riders, and is at your own risk.
Personal Injury Attorneys in San Diego, California
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