When dog bites occur, they can potentially result in serious injuries, including disfigurement and death. Sadly, dog bites occur on a relatively frequent basis. Each year in the United States, approximately 4.7 million people suffer dog bites with approximately 800,000 of those requiring medical care. Even worse, most dog bites are sustained by children.
Fortunately, those who have suffered serious injury or harm as a result of a dog bite have legal rights. Dog owners, landlords, care centers, and former dog owners can all be held accountable for dog bite injuries. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, it is wise to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us today for a free consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney near you.
Domesticated dogs of all breeds are generally nonviolent in nature. Even though most dogs are not likely to bite unless provoked, dogs are by nature unpredictable. Dog bites are most likely to occur when dogs are:
- Acting to protect its owner or property
- Threatened and lacking alternatives
- Eating or sleeping
- Trying to establish dominance over the bite victim
- Mistreated or chained up
Dog Bites and the Law
Unfortunately, not all dog owners are cautious. If a dog owner violates animal restraint and confinement laws or knowingly keeps a dog with a history of aggression towards people, the owner can be held legally responsible for the resulting dog bites and injuries. Under certain circumstances, dog care facilities, dog handlers, or landlords can also be held accountable for dog bites.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or harm because of a dog bite, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses , including but not limited to: