Wild animal attacks
can leave a victim suffering from lifelong scars. Injuries caused by domesticated animals differ from those caused by wild animals. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys
show you how you can claim compensation if you have been attacked by a wild animal kept in captivity.
The State of California has strict laws in place for the possession of wild animals. While some exotic pets are kept throughout the state, according to law, some species of animals are restricted. Knowing the exact species of animals that can be kept as exotic pets and whether or not their owner was properly caring for them as well as the safety of others is important in personal injury cases.
Wild animal laws in California
California has strict laws in place for the possession of restricted animals. The list of these species includes medium or large carnivores but also birds and different type of large herbivores. Foxes, wolves, coyotes, lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, cheetahs or bears are all restricted, to name a few of the many species of animals included on this list.
Also on this list are smaller carnivores like weasels, ferrets or raccoons. Domestic dogs
, cats and domestic cat hybrids, domesticated races of mice, hamsters, guinea pigs are not restricted.
Liability for injuries caused by domesticated animals, most often dogs, is a separate topic with which one of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can help you.
Proving liability for injuries caused by wild animals
The first step in wild animal injuries
is to establish of the owner of the animal was lawfully in the possession of that pet. This is important because owners of dangerous animals have an absolute duty of care toward other individuals and they are strictly liable if they fail to provide a safe environment for the client/viewer who enjoys a wild animal show or is otherwise in the presence of such animals. The owner or keeper of such animals is liable for their actions even if they provided the reasonable amount of care to prevent an unfortunate attack.
The reason for strict liability for dangerous animals is that these types of wild creatures can never fully be tamed and are considered inherently dangerous. However, a distinction may be made between strict liability and negligence in personal injury cases.
The victim who was attacked or mauled by a wild animal which was under the direct supervision of another individual can claim compensation for the injuries and the material damages.