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Fido could have a legal spot at the table in California eateries

California lawmakers were recently presented with the opportunity to give domesticated dogs a legal spot at the table in restaurants across the state. As it stands, dogs may be seen at outdoor eateries across the state. This is technically against the law. California Assembly Bill 1965 would change all this.

The legislation would not automatically make it okay for dog owners to bring their pets into any establishment. What this legislation would do is allow restaurant owners to make this decision for their own property, barring any local ordinance that may be in place. This legislation simply removes fines for establishments that allow dogs on their patios.

What would the enactment of this law mean for me? It is a question that some of our readers may be asking. More importantly, those who become the victim of a dog bite on a patio may wonder whether this new provision would bar victims from filing a personal injury lawsuit if the dog was legally allowed at the restaurant.

The answer to that question is no. California is a strict liability state where dog bites are concerned. This means that a victim does not have to prove negligence. Even if the dog was properly licensed, the owner honestly didn’t think it was vicious, it was on a leash and that leash was strong, the owner could still be held liable for the damages related to a dog attack.

To understand the options that are available to them, victims of dog bite injuries should discuss their particular situation with a San Diego personal injury attorney that focuses their practice on this type of harm.

Source: FOX News, “California bill would let owners dine with their dogs,” May 13, 2014

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