A dog bite can be a traumatic event. The more vicious attacks can leave permanent scarring and nerve damage. Sometimes, the psychological injury outlives the physical pain. Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law strives to make you feel safe and secure throughout the entire legal process.
The California dog-bite statute imposes strict liability on the dog owner if the bite occurred in a public place or a private place where the victim had a right to be. This means that the victim does not need to prove that the owner was at fault to recover. Some exceptions to the general rule of strict liability concern victims who provoked the dog, trespassed or committed a felony.
Because negligence is defined as a responsible party’s failure to carefully monitor, restrain or train the dog resulting in injury to another, the victim may also bring a negligence case against third parties such as employers, landlords or dog breeders.
Quite often, the victim knows the dog owner; automatic legal liability can prevent a long, drawn-out claims process that might further damage already stressed relationships. Often, homeowner or dog-owner insurance covers the damages; in the event of inadequate insurance or owner malice, a defendant may pay out of pocket for damages such as:
Whether efficiently settling a strict liability claim or pursuing negligence, Mr. Rivas offers the following advantages:
Call Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law at Phone: 559-263-9667 or toll free at or contact us online to arrange for a free consultation at the firm’s convenient and accessible Fresno office. We also serve clients in Tulare and Merced. Attorneys are available for evening and weekend consultations, and can accommodate injured and disabled clients with home and hospital visits.
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