Dogs can be “man’s best friend,” but even a well-trained family dog, under the right circumstances, can turn vicious. Dog bites occur more often than dog-lovers may want to admit, and while many of these bites are minor, others cause severe injuries or even death. It is crucial to understand your legal rights if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog and sustained serious injuries.
Understanding dog bite laws in California
Under state law, the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.