Dog Bite

Who Can Be Held Liable for a California Dog Bite injury?

by Staff Blogger | February 23rd, 2015

Owning a dog is a big responsibility. You have to feed them, take them to the veterinarian for medical care, and provide them with a loving home in which to thrive. However, many dog owners forget that they are also responsible for the actions of their animal.

In California, a dog owner can be held liable for damages if their animal bites or injures someone. The financial ramifications of this liability has led to many animal owners carrying insurance to cover potential California dog bite injury expenses, but some pet owners are being denied access to such coverage.

According to an article from The Sacramento Bee, one California homeowner’s insurance provider told a California couple they could no longer provide coverage on the couple’s house because their dog was a 65-pound pit bull. Their policy was revoked despite the dog having no history of aggressive behavior.

So what should you do if you cannot get dog bite injury coverage through your policy? The most important thing to remember is to tell the truth about your pet to get coverage. If an accident occurs and you must file a claim, you may be denied based on the false information you initially gave. Instead, shop with other companies and providers, as many will give coverage regardless of your dog’s breed.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys understand the responsibility pet owners face and hope this information gives you insight into how to better protect yourself and your pet.

Who Is Liable for a California Dog Bite Injury?

by Staff Blogger | November 3rd, 2014

Dogs are sometimes referred to as “man’s best friend,” but sometimes canines can turn on people with devastating results. Take the case of a 54-year-old Modesto man who was killed as the result of a dog bite injuries that were inflicted by four of his neighbor’s animals. According to KCRA News, the man’s mother was also seriously injured in the incident.

Reports indicate the animals made their way into the victims’ yard through a hole in the fence. The dogs then attacked the man, where he suffered a deadly dog bite injury. The dogs then turned on the first victim’s mother, leaving her seriously injured.

The incident leaves many citizens wondering who is liable in the event of a dog attack. The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers explain the owner of the animal is often held responsible for a dog bite injury under California’s strict dog bite laws.

The state’s policies explain that a dog owner can be held liable for damages if their animal bites someone, even if it’s the first time the canine has displayed aggressive behavior. Furthermore, some cities may required dog owners to have insurance coverage through their homeowner’s policy. If the dog attacks while being watched by a pet sitter, that individual may be held liable for damages if negligence can be shown.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating dog bites and attacks can be. We want to send our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the recent attack. We would also like to wish the mother a speedy and full recovery from her injuries.

6-Year-Old Boy Suffers Serious Dog Bite Injuries in Attack

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2013

October 14, 2013

Data from the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that each year, an estimated 4.5 million Americans will suffer dog bite injuries during an attack. Furthermore, the California Dog Bite Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out children are more likely than teens or adults to be the victims who suffer such injuries.

One such case was recently reported in Discovery Bay, California, when a family member’s dog bit a 6-year-old boy. According to an article from KTVU News, the incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at a home located on Amesbury Court.

Reports indicate the child was in the home with the dog when it suddenly lunged and bit the child in the face while the animal’s owner was away. The child was rushed to a local hospital in Oakland, California, and underwent immediate corrective surgery. Meanwhile, the animal was taken into custody and is currently being held for observation.

The incident leaves many parents and dog owners wondering what they can do to prevent incidents of biting in the future. Berg Injury Lawyers’ team of California Personal Injury Lawyers explains teaching children to never play with or pet a strange animal without the owner’s permission is vital. They should also be instructed to never run from or yell at canines, as it can increase an animal’s energy and anxiety.

The firm also urges pet owners to properly socialize their animals by exposing them to numerous forms of stimulation from an early age.

Controversy Surrounds Solutions To Solving California’s Dog Bite Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2013

August 26, 2013

Numbers show each year, hundreds of people are the victims of dog bite injuries in California. This high number of incidents leaves many citizens looking for ways to improve the laws protecting citizens from the dangers of being bitten by a dog. The California Dog Bite Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain how some are calling for breed specific bans to be enacted as a way to reduce attack numbers. However, experts believe such laws may actually do very little to curb canine bites.

Breed specific bans prohibit citizens from owning animals that are considered a threat or dangerous. These laws are being called for due to an unfounded belief that specific breeds, particularly pit bulls, are responsible for a disproportionate number of attacks.

Data tends to point to the contrary though, with many studies finding difficulty determining some animal’s specific breed and lack of cost effectiveness in enforcing the ban. In an effort to help prevent breed specific bans from being enacted, an article from Ohmidog! stated that roughly 31,000 signatures have been collected on a petition to eradicate breed specific dog bans. Opponents of the laws say they are an infringement on personal rights and that there are laws already in place to handle unruly animals.

Berg’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how devastating the injuries sustained in a dog attack can be. The firm is here to help anyone who has been bitten by a dog at no fault of their own.

Lawmakers Set To Pass Bill Covering California Dog Bite Liability

by Staff Blogger | April 8th, 2013

April 8, 2013

In an effort to better protect cities from liability in California Dog Bite cases, a bill is being examined by state lawmakers that would prohibit government entities from being held responsible for “injury or death suffered by a pet or person” at dog parks.

According to an article from the Capitol Weekly, the bill was unanimously approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee this past Tuesday as a way to promote government officials supporting the construction of more dog parks in the state.

While the current California Tort Claims Act already protects local governments from being held liable for the act of a dog on public property, proponents of the new measure say it is an added guarantee of protection when considering dog park projects.  Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, explained when a dog bite or attack occurs at a park, the victim will likely attempt to hold the owner of the animal responsible for the dog’s actions. If the victim is unable to recover compensation or damages from that individual though, they will often attempt to collect from the host city or county.

Gatto adds that the law closely mirrors legislation that was put into place for the state’s numerous skateboard parks.

The California Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of the serious dangers a dog bite can present and are hopeful the measure will be effective in holding owners more responsible for the actions of their animals.

Army Did Not Properly Treat Soldier Who Died Of Rabies

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2011

September 19, 2011
Experts and family members are saying the Army made mistakes in the Rabies treatment of a now deceased Army veteran from Livermore, California. According to the Contra Costa Times, the Army only administered half of the soldier’s treatments due to issues with expired vaccinations.
The soldier told his family members he was bitten by a stray dog in January while breaking up a dog fight in Afghanistan. After the bite, he shot the malicious stray and the Army had the animal tested for Rabies. The test came back negative, but the Army was unsure if the correct animal had been tested. The soldier was seen by medics on base who administered the first three rounds of the vaccination, but did not give the last three shots because by then, they had expired.
An associate professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine who is an expert on Rabies says the doctors should have administered the drugs, despite their expiration date, as it still may have save the man’s life.
The California Dog Bite Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who may be traveling to impoverished or third-world countries to be vaccinated against this deadly disease.

Pit Bull Kills Pregnant Pacifica Woman

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2011

August 15, 2011

Neighbors in the quiet suburb of Pacifica, California, are still trying to piece together just what happened days after a deadly attack by a pit bull terrier, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The male owner of the animal told authorities he left his wife in bed asleep with the dog at around 8:00 AM that morning, and arrived to the bloody scene just after noon. He immediately called 911, and authorities believe he then wrangled the dog into another room. Witnesses stated seeing and hearing the man screaming, covered in his wife’s blood. Shortly after, as rescue crews and police arrived, authorities say the dog charged at them, forcing them to shoot the animal, a charge the male owner adamantly denies. The female owner was declared dead at the scene.

Although a majority of the population likely believes the myth that most severe and fatal dog attacks are by pit bulls, all statistics on breed specific dog bites and attacks have been dismissed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), citing unreliable data sources. The organization does not support breed specific bans because of this. What most people can agree upon is that negligent owners who cannot control their animals are the cause of most attacks.

Contact the California Dog Bite Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers if you have been bitten. They may be able to help you hold the animal’s owner responsible for its actions and collect compensation for the injuries you sustained.

Utility worker injured in Sacramento dog bite accident

by bil | July 10th, 2008

July 10, 2008

Surgery was required for a Sacramento Municipal Utility worker after two pit bull terriers attacked him.

The Sacramento dog bite accident occurred when the worker went to an area home to collect payment or disconnect its service, when the homeowner’s dogs attacked him.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the worker suffered bite wounds to both arms and a mangled hand in the Sacramento dog bite accident.

The pit bulls involved in the Sacramento dog bite accident are in the custody of the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation, awaiting a hearing to decide whether or not they will be destroyed.

The two dogs did not have updated rabies shots, and were not properly licensed or professionally trained.

20-month-old girl injured in San Jose dog bite

by bil | April 1st, 2008

April 1, 2008

A grandmother and her granddaughter suffered severe injuries after a San Jose dog bite accident.

According to The Mercury News, the four-year-old boxer/pit bull mix attacked the grandmother first. After biting the California woman’s arm, the dog then attacked the face of the 20-month-old girl. The dog ripped the granddaughter’s lip to her jaw line, revealing part of her skeletal structure.

The grandmother attempted to drive her granddaughter to the hospital after the San Jose dog bite injury, but had to call an ambulance half way there, because her California dog bite injuries were too severe.

Since this was not the first attack from Tazz, the boxer/pit bull mix, the dog has been euthanized.

The 20-month-old girl is currently recovering in a San Francisco hospital after the California dog bite accident.

Flaming Mercedes and a dog bite in wild San Diego-area car chase

by bil | October 12th, 2007

A car thief led the California Highway Patrol on a wild chase that resulted in a car catching fire, a California dog bite injury, and a traffic jam on the Interstate that lasted for several hours.

The suspect stole a Mercedes-Benz, was spotted by the police, and a highway chase ensued. Thankfully, there were no California auto accidents that resulted. When the car began smoking, he abandoned the car and started running from authorities.

The search continued with police dogs, one of which found the man and bit him on the shoulder before he was arrested. The suspect was taken to the hospital to be treated for his California dog bite injury before going to jail.