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Our furry friends are some of the most important companions we have in our lives. We want to protect our dogs and keep them safe from harm – but what happens if another dog bites your dog while you’re out for a walk? You can sue a person if his or her dog bites you, but what about a dog biting a dog? If your dog suffered injuries due to another owner’s negligence, you could claim certain forms of compensation for your losses.
California’s dog bite statute provides a lot of protections for people who suffer injuries from dog bites . This being said, the statute, Civil Code 3342, does not provide protections for dogs attached by other dogs. This statute is a strict liability statute that extends protections to humans, not animals. However, California law does classify dogs as personal property. If your dog suffered injuries due to another dog, you could bring a property damage lawsuit against the owner of the aggressive dog.
You can hold the other owner liable for the damages that your dog suffered if you can prove that he or she acted in negligence. The other owner will have to satisfy one of the following conditions for you to successfully hold him or her liable for your dog’s damages.
You can receive multiple types of damages if your dog suffered injuries as a result of another dog’s attack. You usually receive damages for the greater of the following amounts.
You could also claim damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress or punitive damages, in cases of exceptionally negligent or reckless behavior. To claim damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, you will need to satisfy the following conditions.
If your dog suffered injuries from a bite from another person’s dog and you can prove negligence in this situation, you could claim compensation through a dog bite lawsuit. Contact a Orange County dog bite attorney as soon as possible to learn more about the process and to file your claim.