Getting bitten by a dog can be a traumatic and painful experience, but
dog bites are grounds for an injury lawsuit. Depending on the extent of any possible
injuries and the circumstances of the bite, there are a lot of factors
that go into determining whether an incident makes for a successful lawsuit.
A good injury claim can be determined by answering the following questions:
How serious were your injuries? The severity of your injuries may determine
whether it is worth filing a lawsuit for your injuries. If you have not
been severely injured you might be able to settle out of court. In addition
to physical injuries, if your injuries are severe you may also be able
to recover for lost wages and emotional distress caused by the accident.
Do you know who owns the dog? Any legal claim must be brought against the
dog’s owner. If you were bitten by a stray dog or a dog whose owner
cannot be found then your chances of filing a lawsuit decrease exponentially.
However, if you have insurance that covers personal injuries resulting from
dog bites you might still be able to file for compensation.
Where did the incident occur? The laws for
dog bite injury suits vary by state, but if you can file under strict liability
you may only have to prove that you were bitten by a dog owned by another
person without provoking it. However, if you are acting under moderate
liability it may be possible to say that the dog had cause to bite, such
as if you were trespassing on private property.
Does the dog have vicious propensities? In states that don’t have
strict liability dog bite laws, you may have to prove that the animal
has “vicious propensities” and that the owner knew or should
have known that the animal was predisposed to bite.
Were you bitten while at work? If you were bitten by a dog while performing
your job duties, in addition to a lawsuit against the owner you could
also file for workers’ compensation.
If you need help filing a dog bite lawsuit or are wondering whether or
not your case could be considered grounds for recover, call our office
today so we can get you the just compensation you deserve.