Do I Have a Dog Bite Case?
Unfortunately dog bites happen sometimes. The dog may not be well-trained, might be frightened for some reason, or it might be thinking that it’s protecting its owner. Whatever the reason, if you are the victim it is no fun. Depending on the size of the dog and the severity of the attacked a lot of damage can be done. As a victim you are probably wondering whether not you have a good case for a lawsuit. There are a few factors that determine whether or not you have a good case for a dog bite lawsuit.
The first thing you want to look at is whether you can make anyone legally liable for the dog bite. You want to find out what the state laws and local laws are regarding dog bites. In most places someone is liable if you can prove one of the following: a third-party such as a landlord was negligent somehow and that through the negligence the incident occurred. A third-party was in violation of local animal control laws such as a leash law and that the incident occurred because of the violation. Lastly that the dog has a history of biting people or has demonstrated behavior that shows that they wanted to, and the dog owner knew about the history.
The second thing you want to take into consideration is if the liable party has insurance. People that own homes are usually covered for dog bites by their homeowners insurance and renters are typically covered by the renters Insurance. Business owners, companies, and landlords all have insurance that covers dog bites as well. Insurance is important because the policy provides enough money for the case to be worthwhile for an attorney. Most dog bites that occur without insurance aren’t worth the lawyer’s time, because there’s not enough money to cover their fees. This isn’t the case if serious injury occurs because of the bite.
The last thing you want to keep in mind is whether there’s enough money involved in the lawsuit. This is based on the severity of the injury. If there’s surgery involved, scarring, inability to work, or permanent disability there’s a strong case there. An experienced attorney can estimate compensation based on the nature of the injuries sustained. If the injuries are at all serious it’s best to go to an attorney to find out if it’s worth filing a dog bite lawsuit.