Every year, thousands of people are bitten by dogs. Mail delivery people and pedestrians are at higher risk of being bitten by dogs. Dog owners in Sacramento are liable for bite-related injuries caused by their dogs. Victims of dog bites may also file criminal charges against dog owners.
People who sustain non-bite injuries caused by the canines may be entitled to negligence claims. However, the victims will have to provide sufficient evidence that dog owners failed to use reasonable care.
In case you are bitten by an animal, it is advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Failure to properly treat a dog bite may lead to an infection, which can subsequently result in further health complications and even death.
You should also consult a qualified attorney who will evaluate your case and determine if you should file for a claim. It is crucial to provide factual information about the incident.
However, there are situations in which a dog owner will not be liable for the animal’s harmful actions. For example, if the dog owner adequately warned the victim that the animal was dangerous. In this case, the victim will be considered contributorily negligent for failing to exercise the degree of care for his or her safety. An animal owner can also argue that the injured person provoked the animal resulting in the attack.
Other parties who can be found liable for animal bites include animal keepers, property owners, landlords and parents of minors who own dogs.
Depending on the severity of the injuries, a dog bite victim may be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and, in some cases, property damage.
The victim may also be entitled to punitive damages if the court determines that the dog owner’s conduct was more than negligent or intentional.