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Owner Responsibility for Animal Injuries
The law generally holds dog owners responsible for bites caused by their pets. Although they are some of the most common pets in the country, they are nonetheless descended from wild creatures. Even after many years of domestication, the unpredictable impulse of a wild animal can govern a dog’s actions.
Even the most docile dogs can bite, which is why many states have enacted “dog bite” laws that govern the liability for dog bite injuries. One important factor is if the dog has bitten before. Owners of known “vicious dogs” must pay particular attention to their animals. Some states prohibit vicious dogs, but other states allow them so long as they are muzzled in public.
Keep in mind that a dog does not need to physically attack you for damage to occur. If a dog chases you or intimidates you, causing you to fall or otherwise sustain an injury, you may have grounds for seeking recovery.
Proving Fault in Dog Bite Cases
Dog owners are legally obligated to ensure that their animals are safe to take out in public. When they fail in this obligation, personal injuries and even deaths can occur due to the actions of a vicious animal.
Establishing liability for dog bite cases requires compiling evidence of the circumstances surrounding the bite. Was the dog properly leashed? Was the dog on its own property or did the bite occur as the result of a trespass? Did the dog bite a guest on the owner’s property? Did the dog bite another animal?
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Every state has laws to determine compensation for dog bites. Dog bite victims may be entitled to damages for:
- Immediate medical care
- Future medical care in the case of scarring or disfigurement
- Psychological therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings in the case of a disabling bite
- Property recompense
- Veterinary treatment for injured animals
Injury Attorneys for Dog Bites
If you are the victim of a dog bite, take action. Contact our firm today to explore your options for getting the compensation to which you are legally entitled. You do not have to accept the injuries you suffered due to somebody else’s animal. William McBride and the injury lawyers at McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox, P.A. are prepared to fight for justice on your behalf.