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.
There are extreme circumstances where one is attacked by a dog who is specifically trained to fight and attack. You’ll remember that Michael Vick, who is still a quarterback for the NFL, was involved in a ring of dogs trained to fight for sport. So, if you’re attacked by a… CONTINUE
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
Responsible people purchase insurance for a reason. We want to be insured in the event that something accidental happens on our property. Just as we are insured for negligent driving and possible defects on our property, we are insured in the even our dog, for whatever reason, bites a guest… CONTINUE
Chemical burns typically result from exposure to a product. When this happens, our aim is to determine if the burn was caused by a defect in manufacturing or design of that product. In the event that errors in manufacturing or design are to blame, it is a strict liability case,… CONTINUE
Electrical burn injuries are relatively uncommon and usually happen in occupational settings. But, when they do occur, injuries caused by electrocutions can be lethal or extremely serious depending on the source of electricity and the amount of voltage that is generated within the current that causes the injury.
We have a case involving a high school girl, whose face is severely permanently disfigured as a result of a restaurant spilling scalding liquid on her. I cannot think of a more sensitive age for a girl to receive an injury like this. I feel strongly that the value of… CONTINUE
It is generally accepted that one’s physical appearance has social consequences. Not only does a disfiguring burn on one’s’ face make him or her less attractive to potential mates; it becomes the very first impression in a social or business setting. We all like to feel that we are not… CONTINUE
I have seen laser injuries that are consistent with the pattern of strokes that the doctor or nurse uses to remove the hair or the brown spots. There was a client who sustained what appeared to be zebra stripe scars from her shoulders to her elbows. They calmed down quite… CONTINUE