The Four Most Commonly Asked Questions from People Who Have Suffered a Dog BiteMay. 16, 2023
By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.
Did you know that approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S.? Although dogs are often viewed as mans best friend, they can also be dangerous animals. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog bite, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to help protect your rights and ensure that you obtain fair and necessary compensation for your losses. Read our following guide to get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dog bite law.
What Should I do if I Have Been Injured by a Dog Bite?
If you've been attacked, or witnessed a dog attacking someone else, it is your legal right to take whatever action is necessary to stop the attack. Victims should also take the following steps to protect their rights:
- Obtain contact information from the dogs owner and any available witnesses
- Seek medical attention if needed and keep detailed records of all expenses
- Report the attack to animal control
- Look for records of previous attacks by the dog
Is the Dog Owner Liable?
In most cases, the owner is held responsible for any injuries or property damage that their dog may cause. The following laws can be used to impose liability on dog owners:
- Dog-bite statues: Most states have laws that automatically hold the owner responsible for any type of injury or property damage caused by their dog.
- Negligence laws: Dog owners can be held responsible for any injuries or property damage resulting from negligence in controlling their animal.
What Type of Damages Is the Dog Owner Liable For?
Victims of serious dog bite injuries may be eligible to receive financial compensation for any of the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of services
- Punitive damages
Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?
Unfortunately, less than 1% of all dog bite victims receive compensation for their injuries because their claims are denied or undercompensated by insurance companies. Statistics show that individuals with legal representation obtain 3 to 5 times more compensation than individuals that deal directly with insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, consulting a personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis with experience representing dog bite cases can help ensure that you receive the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
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