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When Fido goes rogue - you have options as a dog bite victim

Imagine going for your morning run. The neighborhood is peaceful, with everyone sleeping in on a Saturday. The sun is barely up and you have a gorgeous spread out in front of you with your favorite playlist providing the perfect soundtrack. As you round the corner at the end of the street, you see the dog.

He stands up on the porch and then starts running toward the perimeter of the yard at full tilt. There is a fence that should keep him, so you are not overly worried. As you get closer, you notice that he is not slowing down. You start to veer off toward the other side of the street, but it is too late. Fido easily clears the fence and is on you like you are his favorite dog treat.

Dog bites happen every day. While completely unprovoked attacks do happen, they can be rare. Fortunately, as a dog bite victim in California, you do have rights and options. Why should you be left with high medical bills due to someone else's pet? A local personal injury attorney can help you file for the compensation you deserve. Reade further to learn more about California's dog bite laws.

Liability for a dog bite

California has laws in place that make dog owners strictly liable for bite-related injuries caused by their pets. This means that you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries from your neighbor.

While most people pursue these types of cases in the civil court, there are certain circumstances under which criminal charges might be appropriate. For example, if your neighbor failed to give you his contact information after his dog injured you, he could be charged with a crime. Also, if the dog already had a history of vicious behavior, or was trained to attack, the court could charge him with a felony depending on the severity of your injuries.

California statute

In general, your neighbor is liable for the damages you have suffered. This is especially true since the dog escaped his enclosure and attacked you on a public street. According to the statute of limitations, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim against the dog's owner. If you do not file within the two-year window, the court might deny your claim.

Filing a suit

If you have been the victim of a dog bite, it is important to understand your rights and options in California. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact a local California personal injury for advice pursuing your claim.

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