The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that one in every five people bitten by dogs requires medical attention and that the vast majority of dog bite victims are children. If you or someone you love got bit by a dog, you can hold the dog owner responsible for any damages.
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How Are Dog Owners Held Responsible for Dog Bites?
Any pet owner is responsible for the pet in the same way any parent is responsible for their child. Dogs with aggressive tendencies need to be kept away from others and properly controlled at all times. It is on the owner to do this, as their animal poses a danger to people around them.
The law also corroborates this fact. The Minnesota Statutes Annotated §347.22 explicitly states that dog owners are liable for any injuries caused by their pet so long as:
- The person bitten was on private property lawfully or in a public place.
- The person bitten was not provoking or goading the dog into violence.
Owners are liable for the full amount of damages. After your dog bite incident, know that this statute protects victims so long as they acted peacefully within the law.
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How Our Dog Bite Lawyers Will Help You
To hold the dog owner responsible for your damages, we will do everything necessary to prove your claim. We will:
- Retain and compile your medical records.
- Interview any potential witnesses to the incident.
- Obtain a report from the police department or local animal control.
- Consult with experts to help strengthen your case.
We need to prove that the person at-fault is the lawful owner of the dog that bit you and that your damages are a direct result of that dog bite. Keeping your medical documents, bills, and proof of other expenses is all extremely useful when pursuing your claim.
Seek medical attention immediately and call the police to inform them of what happened. Remember to take pictures and gather as much information as you can after the attack. Even if the evidence you take seems inconsequential, it can still potentially help your claim.
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Dog Bite Damages You Can Get Compensation For
Some dog bites can be relatively harmless, while others can be devastating and life-threatening. Here are a few of the damages you can expect to incur after an attack.
After a bite, you can suffer from various infections, puncture wounds, lacerations, broken bones, scarring, and nerve damage. You also have the risk of contracting rabies, a potentially fatal virus transmitted through saliva. Without proper medical treatment, dog bites can cause massive permanent damage to your body.
Medical care is not cheap. You can run up bills in excess of thousands of dollars to get quality treatment. If your bite leaves you disabled or in need of constant care, that can become a large financial burden on your shoulders.
Pain and Suffering
Dog bites are painful. Severe bites can leave you with chronic pain for the rest of your life, and any infection that results from the attack can also leave permanent damage to your body. In addition, mental anguish such as a dog phobia or PTSD can form, which leads to a loss of enjoyment of life.
Disfigurement includes the loss of a limb, fingers, scarring, and extensive damages to the face or other parts of the body. Children are especially vulnerable to disfigurement as they are still small and can be easily overpowered by medium to large-sized dogs. The dog can attack more areas on the body of a small child.
Disfigurement can seriously impact a person’s life forever. You may need stitches, plastic surgery, and other procedures to restore your body. Even with advanced medical procedures, the damages you sustain can be permanent.
You may not have the ability to return to work after getting bit by a dog. Whatever days of work you missed or whatever job you are no longer able to do can get compensated with the assistance of a lawyer. Your lawyer will calculate your missed days of work and factor in the hours to help you receive reimbursement for them.
Get in Touch with Our Dog Bite Lawyers Today
ASK LLP has recovered more than $450 million for our clients over our many years in practice. If you need a trusted and expert dog bite attorney, do not hesitate to reach out to us today. We offer a free case evaluation and will help you understand all of your legal options. Call us today for a risk-free consultation at (877) 746-4275.