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Dogs can be very affectionate pets. Unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous, causing severe lacerations, broken bones, and injury to the face and other body parts that can necessitate multiple plastic surgeries. In many cases, a dog attack occurs because the dog believes its territory is being invaded or it feels threatened. In others, however, there is no clear reason other than possibly the nature of the breed.

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, you need the assistance of an attorney that knows local dog attack ordinances, as they apply to your case. For a free consultation with a Hayward dog bite lawyer, call (510) 342-5780, or complete the contact form on this page. We promise that a member of our Dog Bite Legal Team will respond to your request with 24 hours.

California Dog Bite Laws

The laws in this state governing dog bites are complicated. California uses  a strict liabilitystandard for dog bite claims. Strict liability dictates that if the dog bites someone either off the defendants’ property, or after the defendant has granted permission onto the land, the owner is liable for any injuries. 

If you are injured by a dog without being bitten, however, such as by being knocked down, the rules of negligence prevail. This means that you must prove that the owner owed a duty of care, and has breached the duty, resulting in injury. There are exceptions to these two rules, however. For instance, if the dog bite is the result of an individual trespassing or taunting the dog, the victim does not have grounds for a claim. Also, if an individual other than the owner has possession at the time of the injury attack, the negligence rule applies unless it can be shown that this person had knowledge that the dog had a history of biting people.

Dog Bite Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 4.5 million people are attacked by dogs in this country each year. Of these, about one-fifth require medical treatment. There were 5 deaths in California in 2013 due to dog attacks out of a total of 23 nationwide. This means that although California has about one-tenth of the U.S. population, about one-fifth of the dog attack deaths occurred in this state. Indeed, Farmers Insurance reports that more dog bite claims are filed in this state than any other.
 
By far the majority of injury victims and deaths are children ages 5-9. It is very important that parents educate children on the following:
  • Never go near or play with an unfamiliar dog.
  • If the dog approaches, do not scream or run. Instead, stand motionless, and if it attacks, roll up into a ball.
  • If the child sees a dog whose behavior is erratic, or that does not seem to belong in the neighborhood, tell an adult right away.
  • Never make eye contact with the dog, for it might consider this an act of aggression.
  • Never go near a dog with puppies, or a dog that is eating or sleeping.
  • If a child is bitten, tell an adult right away.

City of Hayward Dog Ordinances

Hayward City Ordinances require anyone who has charge, control, custody or possession of a dog that has bitten another person to contact the Chief of Police immediately (Section 4-4.15). A hearing may be held to determine whether the dog is dangerous, and if so, may be deemed a public nuisance (4-4.51-55). The result of such a hearing may result in the confinement, muzzling, leashing, fencing or destruction of the dog in question.

How to Prevent a Dog Attack

Your first concern after a dog injury, is to seek treatment. If the dog is a stray, there is a small possibility that it may have rabies, so the dog needs to be recovered by animal control. Make sure to call the police. Also, you should speak with a personal injury attorney.
 
The Hayward Dog Bite Lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, are aggressive in their pursuit of justice for each client. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a dog bite, dog attack or animal attack, immediately contact the experienced Dog Bite Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. For a free consultation, call (510) 342-5780, or complete the contact form on this page. We promise that a member of our Dog Bite Injury Team will respond to your request within 24 hours. Don’t delay, call today.

 

 
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
24301 Southland Drive, Suite H-214 Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 342-5780

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