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Common Reasons for Dog Attacks
Irvine Central Dog Bark is a great dog park for Irvine dog owners and their pets. Located near the Great Park of OC, the Dog Bark is affectionately referred to by dog owners who relish the ability to freely exercise their dogs in wide open space with amenities for small and large dogs alike. Unfortunately, when dog owners fail to exercise their dogs, the pet can become filled with rage and energy that it may unleash on an unsuspecting victim in the Irvine community at any time. If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack in Irvine, you should contact Silverthorne Attorneys for help managing your legal case.
Are you suffering from injuries due to a dog bite? Contact a dog bite injury lawyer today!
Silverthorne Attorneys can help you by setting up medical care to make sure that you begin to heal from your dog bite wounds. We believe that no one should suffer silently and risk their health even further by leaving an injury as serious as a dog bite unchecked. The reason dog bite injuries can be serious is that the dog may have rabies and if you have contracted the infection, you will need medication and medical supervision for your safety. Irvine dog bite victims have nothing to worry about when they allow Silverthorne Attorneys handle their case. We are respectful, caring and knowledgeable about dog bite cases. We have handled thousands of these types of cases. Located nearby Irvine, we can conveniently meet you at your home to gather the evidence of the dog bite attack. Call us today for a free consultation!
Understanding Dog Bite Rules
You may not be aware of the fact that between 2005 and 2012, more than 25 California residents lost their lives as a result of serious dog bites. This data is frightening enough and even more frightening when you realize that California deaths accounted for just slightly more than 10 percent of all dog attack deaths. That is why, as a dog bite lawyer, we want you to understand the dog bite laws in California.
What California law says
While some states have what is known as a “one bite free” rule, if you are a victim of an Irvine dog bite you should know that even if it is the first time the dog in question has ever been aggressive, the owner is responsible for your injury. The only exception to this would be if you were on their property illegally — specifically trespassing.
What is trespassing?
While technically trespassing is entering private property without permission, there are some instances where it may be perfectly logical (and reasonable) to enter a property without permission. For example
- Mail carriers – a mail carrier legally trespasses on property on a daily basis to deliver mail
- Utility workers – it is legal for a utility worker to enter property for reading meters, repairing lines, etc.
- Invited guests – any time you go on someone’s property legally, you are protected under the CA dog bite laws
Burden is (typically) on the owner
In order for an owner to not be liable for injuries suffered as a result of a dog attack, they would have to prove some of the following:
- You entered the property illegally – for example, if you broke into a home the owner could claim you were there illegally.
- There were warning signs – if the owner has posted a “beware of dog” sign and you went to fetch a child’s ball from their yard, the owner may use this as a defense.
- Provocation – if a dog attacks you and the owner can prove you harassed their dog by throwing things, teasing or other forms of provocation, they may have a solid defense against your claim.
Keep in mind, dog owners have a different level of responsibility when it comes to children, particularly those under the age of 5. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or stress-related problems as a result of a dog attack or dog bite, you should call Silverthorne Attorneys immediately. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and determine whether you have a strong suit for negligence against the owner of the dog.
Have you been bitten by a dog? Contact a dog attack attorney today!
Silverthorne Attorneys wants to assist dog bite victims recover the damages they deserve and need to pay for the medical care necessitated by the dog bite. The first step after a dog bite is to locate the dog owner. You want to ascertain whether the dog has rabies or not. Rabies and other infections can be spread from dogs to humans when a dog bite occurs. Silverthorne Attorneys wants to guide you through this process with the knowledge of our dog bite attorneys. Due to the violent nature of a dog bite, serious medical care may be necessary. Don’t let you or a loved one suffer from the aftermath of a dog bite. Silverthorne Attorneys are here to help with a free consultation. Call today!