Orange, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Construction Law for California

Q: I'm a construction worker and I was on a job in Lake Forest .Home owner was gone and dog got out.

That dog was in the house and got out the front door and hit by a car. They are trying to blame me. I'm an independent contractor

3 Lawyer Answers
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Whose fault do you think it is?

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq.
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Were you working in house?

Were you or your employer asked or required to keep the dog inside?

It seems your employer, the construction company, might have a duty to defend you if you were working for them at the time.

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Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The inquiry would be who left the door open? You or the owner?

If you were told to keep the door close as part of doing your job, then it is possible that you would be held responsible. If the owner left the door open and you did not know about it, then I do not see how you could be found liable. Best of luck!!!

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