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Some aspects of California law are very clear about the role of owners and dog bite attacks. Criminal charges after intentionally using a dog in an assault are one. In other cases, criminal charges often follow severe injury caused by a dog trained to attack. However, not every case is so clear.
Dog attack often happens despite human interaction, not due to it. And that being said, there is a complex situation for the owner, the victim, and legal counsel to determine the attack’s actual fault. Usually, guilt is determined between your lawyer and the other person’s liability insurance company or in civil court.
The victim often sues the dog owner for negligence and, in many cases, wins. Not every case is the same. But most of these attacks tend to follow a very similar formula. Below we discuss several ordinary circumstances that help determine the liability for such an attack.
In most cases, the owner carries a particular responsibility. However, this manifests in several different ways.
This may include:
Not every case is the same, nor should they be treated so. Sometimes there is a varying level of potential liability for the dog owner. Consult a skilled California dog bite attorney for more information.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.