California Dog Bite Laws Place Strict Liability on Dog Owners
Samer Habbas and other California dog bite lawyers would like to remind residents that under California law, the owners of dogs that bite people, even if it is the first time, are strictly liable for the actions of their pets. California Civil Code 3342 states:
“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.”
Under California Civil Code Â§ 3342.5:
“The owner of any dog that has bitten a human being shall have the duty to take such reasonable steps as are necessary to remove any danger presented to other persons from bites by the animal.”
Many dog breeds have a reputation for viciousness. Southern California dog bite attorney Samer Habbas would also like to remind owners that if they encourage their dogs to be aggressive, they are part of the problem. If you or someone you care for has been bitten by a dog, you may be able to recover damages. For more information, call 888.848.5084 today to schedule a free consultation with Long Beach dog bite lawyer Samer Habbas.
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