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What are dog bite laws in California?

While dog may be man's best friend, he can also become one's worst enemy if not trained or treated properly. An animal attack can be very traumatic for the victim, and it may take extensive medical attention for the physical and emotional scars to heal. However, these costs do not always have to be borne by the accident victim, as per premises liability law protects against injuries suffered due to a negligent property owner.

In California, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries suffered through a dog bite. The owner of the dog is liable if the dog bite causes damages and the person was bitten in either a public space or in a lawful private place. There is an exception for military and police animals. It's important to note that the offending behavior should be a dog bite and nothing else. This means if a dog jumps on someone and accidentally scratches him or her, the dog owner may not be liable, as the injury is not caused by a bite.

Additionally, strict liability means that owners cannot escape liability by claiming they did not know their dog would bite someone. This means the owner is liable even if this is the first time the dog has bitten someone-one does not have to prove that the owner did not take reasonable steps to prevent the bite from taking place.

When dogs fail to act like the best friend they generally are, it is possible to hold the dog's owner accountable. However, the threshold of evidence may be higher if someone has been injured by a dog's behavior other than a bite. To understand how to get compensation for the injuries that have been suffered by a dog bite, one might want to consult an experienced attorney.

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