With the weather getting warmer, more and more adults are taking walks with their children. There is nothing that can ruin a summertime walk like a child getting bitten by the neighbor's dog. California's dog bite law imposes strict liability on the dog's owner.
California Civil Code Section 3342 states, "The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner".
Some children love to pet dogs. Even if your dog is obedient and listens to your every command, your dog should be on a leash if it is outside where a child can come up to pet it. Parents should tell their children not to touch a dog unless told it is okay, but some children are fast when they see a cute, little dog.
If your dog injures a child or an adult, you may be required to pay for medical bills. If this is the case, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney to find out your options and next steps.