Is a Dog Sitter Liable for Dog Bites?
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Is a Dog Sitter Liable for Dog Bites or Attacks?
The general rule is that dog owners are liable for their dogs’ actions. However, in some jurisdictions, dog keepers or sitters are liable for dogs’ actions when the dogs are under their custody.
Who Is Considered a Dog Keeper or Dog Sitter?
Depending on the jurisdiction, the following persons may be liable:
- Dog sitters who take care of the owners’ dogs and have full custody of the dog during the time of injury.
- Parents or guardians of a dog owner who is a minor.
- The owner’s landlord who knew that a dangerous dog is living on the property and did not take any preventative measures.
- A dog groomer.
- A dog walker.
- An employer who allows their employee’s dogs to go onto the work premises, and the injury took place at work.
- A property owner who allows a stray dog to live on his property.
But Shouldn’t the Owner Be Liable for the Cost?
In an ideal world, dog keepers should not be liable for another person’s dog. But unfortunately, some dog owners do not have money to pay for the injuries. Thus, injured parties have the right to go after persons who are secondarily liable to recover damages.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Yes, an experienced personal injury lawyer will represent you in your best light. He will shift some or all of your secondary liability to the owner such that you will be minimally liable.
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Last Modified: 06-19-2014 04:15 PM PDT
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