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Santa Clarita Aggressive Dog Injuries Attorney

When A Non-Dog Bite Case Is Still A Case

Under California law, if a dog bites you, the dog owner is responsible for your injuries. Under “strict liability” laws, the victim does not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent in the containment or handling of the dog, making these cases relatively easy to win. But what happens when a dog’s behavior injures someone, but the dog doesn’t actually bite the victim?

There are many cases when a victim is injured as a result of a dog’s behavior even when the victim has not been bitten. Common scenarios for this are when a loose dog charges a pedestrian or a bicyclist, knocking the victim down and the person suffers an injury. In these cases, the victim must prove that the dog owner or handler was negligent in the containment or handling of the dog. This is not particularly difficult to do as in most cases, the owner did not properly secure the dog in a home or yard, or for whatever reason, the dog was off leash in violation of city leash laws. Also, in some cases, a dog has not intended to “charge” at someone but was just being friendly. Think of a big goofy Golden Retriever exuberantly greeting a guest at the door and the guest gets knocked down suffering an injury. At least the Golden likely gave the victim several “I love you!” licks.

In these non-bite dog cases, the owner is still responsible for injuries incurred to the victim for the dog’s behavior. Typically, the dog owner has a homeowners insurance policy which will take care of the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, and allow for pain and suffering. These legal principles apply also to other animals too, of course. So, if the family’s pet rat is let loose in the house and scares a guest who then hits their head on a counter-top, well, it’s probably a valid claim!

Law Office of Barry Edzant has successfully handled many of these non-dog bite injury claims and is here to help if you or someone you know has been injured by a dog’s behavior.

Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant at 661-222-9929 if you or a loved one has suffered a aggressive dog injuries in Santa Clarita or elsewhere in Los Angeles County. Our personal injury lawyer can help.

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