Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2013
Farmers Insurance Group has announced that it will no longer provide financial compensation to California policyholders who suffer dog bites at the hands of certain breeds, according to a report by NBC Los Angeles. Specifically, the policy change impacts pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf breeds. As the CDC reports, these breeds are responsible for the most reported dog bites nationwide.
NBC released a statement from Farmers spokeswoman Erin Freeman, which reads, “We reviewed our liability claim history and we determined that three breeds accounted for more than 25% of dog bite claims. In addition, these three breeds caused more harm when they attacked than any other breed.”
Some pit bull activists are criticizing the move. Candy Clemente, who trains pit bulls for the Animal Planet show Pit Boss, called the move “offensive,” telling NBC, “They are condemning these breeds indiscriminately without giving the home owners a chance to prove their dogs are not vicious."
The change is set to take effect as Farmers policyholders renew their policies. Jeff Nadrich, A Los Angeles dog bite attorney, recently responded to the news. According to Nadrich, “Farmers Insurance may be denying compensation to victims of certain dog bites, but that does not mean that the victims aren’t entitled to compensation. In California, the dog owner always bears legal liable for aggressive attacks made by his or her pets. That’s why it’s so important to contact a qualified dog bite attorney.”
Nadrich is referring to California Civil Code Section 3342, which specifies that “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.”
Nadrich encourages all dog bite victims to seek legal counsel immediately.
About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.