The United States is home to close to 80 million dogs, which means the chances are high that each of us will encounter “man’s best friend” at some point in our lifetime, if not on a regular basis. While most dogs are harmless, some are not. These vicious dogs can cause long-lasting physical, emotional, and mental injuries to the innocent victims whom they attack.
If you or your child has been attacked or bitten by a dog, know the dog’s owner may be subject to criminal penalties and/or civil fines and litigation. On the civil side, each state addresses “dog bite liability” differently, with some states requiring that the dog have bitten another person at least once before the current victim is allowed to sue. This is not the law in California.