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How Dog Bite Law Works in California and Mistakes to Avoid

You’re taking a nice stroll in the park. All of a sudden a dog comes up to you and bites you. It’s a terrifying situation to be in. You don’t know how to react. It happens unexpectedly. Everyone loves their pets, they are apart of the family. Dog owners are typically responsible for the actions their pet makes. You may be able to make a personal injury claim to the dog owner. When doing this it’s important to know the statutes that hold in California. It’s also important to know common mistakes people make when they get bitten by a dog and how to avoid them.

Statutes in California

A statute of limitations is the deadlines placed on personal injury lawsuits that are filed in the state’s civil court system. The time limit set in the state of California is two years. So you will have two years to file a claim on the dog bite and after two years the court will likely deny it. The dog bite law in California, section 3342 of the Civil Code, states that the owner of the dog will be liable to pay the victim in damages if the person was bit in either a public place (such as the park) or if they were lawfully in a private place (such as the mailman bringing mail to the property). The dog bite law also states that the dog owner is liable if the damages the victim’s faces are due to the dog bite. An example of this would be medical bills they had to encounter. This statue only applies to dog bites and not dog attacks. There is only one exception to this statue which is someone who suffered from a dog bite from a dog that is carrying out military or police work.

Two Common Mistakes to Avoid

There are several common mistakes that must be avoided when you’re bitten by a dog. One of which is not seeking medical treatment as soon as possible. Often, people feel the dog bite isn’t serious enough to seek medical treatment. Dog bites can be extremely serious as they may spread an infection throughout your body. If you seek medical treatment, then this can help prove damages you may be entitled to by providing documentation to support your claim.

Another common mistake that must be avoided is not taking photos of your injuries. Dog bites may cause considerable injuries including deformation and scarring. This will help prove the full extent of the damage the dog bite has had on you. It would be helpful to take pictures of the dog bite when it first happened as well as multiple photos throughout the healing process. By doing this, it will give the court an idea on how long it took to heal. This will show how serious the bite really is and how much pain it may have caused you. Videos would also help strengthen your case.

Getting bit by a dog is not a situation anyone would want to be in. It’s a random incident that occurred and now you have to suffer because of it. Your injuries matter. You deserve justice. Edward “Skip” Babbitt is your expert dog bite attorney in San Diego. Call his office today at 619-543-1789 to schedule your free initial consultation or fill out this contact form.