Options for Dog Bite Victims
I've Been Bitten by a Dog, What Can I Do?
If you've been bitten by a dog, you may be able to sue the owner or someone else responsible for it. Although the exact laws governing a dog bite victim¿s ability to sue vary from state to state, the majority of states hold that dog owners are responsible for all bites, even if the dog had no history of violence.
Which Dog Bite Victims Can Sue?
If you are a victim, you may be able to sue UNLESS you were bitten under the following circumstances:
- You were bitten while trespassing
- You are a veterinarian and you were bitten while treating the dog
- You provoked the dog
- You were bitten while committing a felony
Who Can Dog Bite Victims Sue?
Generally, dog bite victims (or their parents, if the victim is a minor) sue the dog¿s owner. However, if the dog owner does not have any money or is otherwise unable to compensate the victim, it may be possible to sue another party who can be held responsible, such as the owner¿s landlord, who allowed the dangerous animal to live on his or her premises.
What Can a Victim Sue For?
Dog bite victims can sue for any or all of the following:
- Medical treatment, including future scar reduction treatment and psychological therapy
- Loss of wages for time lost during recovery
- Medications required as a result of the injury
- Torn clothing and damaged property
Do I Need a Lawyer if I've Been Bitten?
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog and you are considering suing its owner, it would be wise to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations, as well as help you deal with the complicated legal systems.
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Last Modified: 09-26-2011 03:44 PM PDT