The most common example of breed-specific legislation — and the most publicized — is discrimination against pit bulls. Other breeds, however, may also find themselves subject to BSL. Does California have regulations regarding certain dog breeds and how does this play a role in bringing forward a dog bite lawsuit?
Breed Specific Legislation in California
In 2016, pit bull breeds were responsible for 71% of fatal dog attacks, according to Dogsbite.org. Laborador breeds were responsible for 10%, and the American Bulldog, Belgian Malanois, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and mixed-breed dogs were responsible for 6% each. California does not enforce the targeting of pit bull dogs over other breeds of dog. However, California does have breed specific legislation and requires that a dog on the BSL list obtain a license if they are over 4 months old, and they must be put in a spay/neuter program. Some areas in California may offer financial aid for dog owners experiencing financial hardship.
How Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) Affects a Dog Bite Lawsuit
In the event of a dog attack, it’s important to get as much information as possible about the dog, including information about its breed. While there’s no direct impact that dogs of a specific breed have on on a dog bite lawsuit, it can help your case if the dog that harmed you was on the BSL list. The more you can show that the dog that hurt you was dangerous and that the owner had knowledge that the dog was dangerous, the stronger your case will be. You may be able to settle for a satisfactory amount out of court if the defendant’s case is weak enough for them to reconsider going to court.
Bitten by a Dog? Get Legal Help Today
If you were bitten by a dog, it’s important that you get medical attention as soon as possible. Dog bites are often worse than they look due to puncture wounds and they can get infected easily. Be sure to get the medical care you need after being attacked by a dog, and then discuss your case with an experienced California personal injury lawyer. You need someone on your side who can advocate for you and go head to head with the legal teams of large insurance companies.
Contact Zink & Lenzi injury lawyers today to learn more about how you can pursue compensation after being bitten or attacked by a dog. Call now for a consultation at 530-895-1234.