In California, dog owners are liable for a bite or attack that injures another person, even if the dog has never attacked anyone before. Compared to the “one bite” rule in other states, California law does make it somewhat easier for victims seeking compensation for their dog bite injuries. However, as simple as it may sound, Orange County dog bite cases are often complicated and difficult for the victim to prove.
What You Have to Prove before You Can Seek Compensation for an Orange County Dog Bite Injury
Although you will not have to prove that the dog that bit you has bitten others in the past, you will have to prove that:
- The other party was the owner of the dog that bit you.
- The dog caused your injury.
- You had permission to be on the property.
An experienced Orange County dog bite attorney can help you gather the evidence that you will need to prove that the dog owner should be responsible for your injuries. It’s recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible and keep thorough documentation, including copies of witness statements, police reports, etc.
Why Evidence Matters after an Orange County Dog Attack
Keeping great records will help you prove that the dog owner is liable and help protect your claim. Unfortunately, the dog owner’s insurance company is likely to make an attempt to minimize your injuries or show your fault in the dog attack. Here are some common defenses they may use:
- You were trespassing on the dog owner’s property.
- You harassed the dog or provoked it to attack.
- You ignored warnings or should have been aware of the risk.
If you need help after you have been bitten by a dog in Orange County, please reach out to Russell & Lazarus today at 1-(949) 851-0222. An experienced Orange County dog bite attorney would be happy to speak with you in a completely free, no-obligation legal consultation to review your case and offer further guidance.