California and San Diego Dog Bite laws including leash laws are designed to mitigate the risk of K-9 attacks on unsuspecting individuals. Below is important information regarding dog bite laws and personal injury claims in San Diego County California.
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Strict Liability for Dog Bites
: Under California Civil code section 3342 strict liability is placed where dog bite occurs when a victim in on public property or lawfully in private properly. The rule states, “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.”
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San Diego County Leash Ordinance
: Sec. 62.699 Restrain of Dogs Required. Any person owning or having custody or control of a dog shall at all times prevent the dog from being “At Large” and from being in violation of other provisions of law. However, dogs may be unrestrained by a “Leash” while assisting their owners. Any person owning or having custody or control of a dog that is lawfully on any private property, shall keep the dog either on a leash or tether.
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Duty to Protect Individuals from Attack By Your Dog
: Under section 62.669.1, Any person who owns or has custody of a dog shall prevent the dog from attacking, biting or otherwise causing injury to any person who is acting lawfully in public.
Suing for the Death of a Family Member
: Some of the most vicious dog attack, especially those perpetrated against children and older adults, result in the tragic death of victims. Under California personal injury civil laws certain relatives of the deceased are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against all at fault parties.
Types of Recovery Available Under Dog Bite Personal Injury Laws
: Under California civil law victims of personal injury including dog bite are entitled to compensation for all losses emanating from the incident. Liable parties are legally responsible to cover an individuals
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- Future medical and rehabilitation costs
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PTSD caused by Dog Bites
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