When pets hurt other people, the owners are generally liable in most states. Laws concerning dog bites vary in each state, and whether the dog bite occured in public land or private property may have an impact on who may be held liable. If you were asked to work in someone’s property, they have the legal responsibility to keep you safe and away from harm.

Under the California Dog Bite Law, you can sue the owner of the dog that bit you while you were working on their property. According to the California Civil Code Section 3342, the owner is liable for any damages inflicted by the dog, regardless if the dog does or does not have a history of violence. This means the owner has to pay for any present and future medical bills for injuries sustained from the bite, pain and suffering, lost wages, any property damage, and multiple damages.

If you feel that you were not fully compensated, you can opt to sue the owner. The timing for filing the lawsuit is crucial. Each state has its own statute of limitations. In California, the number of years you have to file an injury lawsuit is within two years.

If you were bitten while working in a building, which is private property, you can sue both the dog owner, and the building landlord for negligence. You may also sue your employer if he/she does not have workers compensation insurance. It is best to consult with your lawyer regarding your rights and the claims you can file, and how to file a lawsuit when needed.


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