Most homeowners’ policies specifically exclude criminal acts and intentional acts. So, the insurance company would likely assert that it is not responsible. Whether the insurance company prevails in that situation would really depend on the facts of the case. For example, if the insurance company insures your Rottweiler and it… CONTINUE
Yes. The words “dangerous animal” do have a legal connotation. “Dangerous animal” normally implies that the animal has a known dangerous propensity; either because it is wild in nature, or because it has a history of vicious behavior.
In San Francisco, it’s illegal to own livestock, but it was very popular at one point to have miniature pigs as house pets. Let’s say I’m attacked by livestock that isn’t owned legally? What does the case look like, how is it different, and what is the insurance company going… CONTINUE
Dog bites are normally proven by percipient witnesses who saw the bite as it occurred and/or the physical evidence of scars and injuries that result. We often obtain evidence to prove a dog bite from police reports, animal control reports, private investigator reports, photographs and medical records.
Whether or not a dog is leashed at the time of an attack really does not matter, as Civil Code Section 3342 strongly favors dog bite victims. However, the owner of the dog who bites a person is more likely to attempt to assert various defenses if his or her… CONTINUE
Most cities have leash laws, so when we are evaluating the facts and circumstances of a dog bite, we always look up the relevant ordinances in the city where the bite took place. However, with or without the leash law, we refer back to Civil Code Section 3342, which states… CONTINUE