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Are stores responsible for dog bite injuries?

The tendency for many stores in California to be "dog friendly" can have an unfriendly effect on public safety. Innocent shoppers can become the victims of attacks from animals their owners fail to control.

Dog bites can cause serious injuries. Dog bites can cause disfiguring wounds to the victim and lead to lasting emotional trauma. Sadly, the victims of these attacks are often children.

Who is responsible for dog attacks?

In California, dog owners are liable for injuries caused by their pets. However, not all dog owners carry enough insurance to pay a large damage claim. Stores that invite dogs onto their premises can also be held responsible for the damages resulting when a dog attacks a person on their premises.

If you see a dog acting aggressively or running loose in a store, it is important to report the animal to store management. That report can be important in preventing animal attacks. It can also help victims obtain compensation if they are bitten by an animal. Store owners can be forced to pay when they turn a blind eye to the dangers of allowing dogs into their stores.

Compensation for dog bite victims

If another person's dog bites you in California, you can recover compensation for economic and noneconomic damages resulting from the attack.

Economic damages include objectively verifiable monetary losses including medical expenses, counseling expenses, loss of earnings, costs of obtaining substitute domestic services, loss of employment and loss of employment opportunities.

Non-economic damages include subjective losses such as pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental suffering, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, injury to reputation and humiliation.

If your dog is injured or killed in an attack from another animal in a store, you can recover veterinary bills and, if your dog is killed, compensation for loss of your pet.

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