Many individuals have domestic pets whom they adore as members of their families, especially dogs. Being attacked by a dog can be extremely harmful for a variety of reasons. First, the physical injuries from a dog bite can be severe and require expensive medical treatment. Second, being attacked by a dog can be psychologically traumatizing, especially for young children. This is why it’s important to know when you can file a claim after being attacked by a dog.
Some defendants will claim that the attack was not their fault because they did not know the dog was dangerous. However, in many states, the “one bite rule” applies, which means that a defendant can be held liable for an attack even if they did not know the dog was dangerous.
In other words, a defendant cannot use the defense that they did not know the dog was dangerous if the victim can prove that the defendant should have known the dog was dangerous.
Additionally, a dog attorney can help you recover damages for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, contact a dog lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
Considerations before filing a dog bite lawsuit
There are things to consider when deciding whether to file a lawsuit for a dog bite injury. An attorney experienced in these types of personal injury cases can assess the facts of your case and help you decide what kind of claim to file and whether to file a lawsuit.
- One Bite Rule:
The “one bite rule” is a legal doctrine that says a dog owner can be held liable for injuries caused by their dog if the victim can prove that the owner knew or should have known the dog was dangerous. In order to prove that the owner knew or should have known the dog was dangerous, the victim must show that the dog had a history of aggression or that the owner was aware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
For example, if the dog had previously bitten someone or if the owner had received complaints about the dog’s aggressive behavior, the victim may be able to use this evidence to prove that the owner knew or should have known the dog was dangerous.
Different states have different laws regarding the one bite rule, so it’s important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state.
- Negligence Claim:
A negligence claim is based on the idea that the defendant breached their duty to take reasonable care to prevent foreseeable harm. In order to succeed on a negligence claim, the victim must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that the breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries. For example, an owner may be found negligent if they did not take reasonable steps to prevent their dog from escaping their yard and attacking a neighbor.
Our dog bite injury attorneys at Khattar Law, PC have helped many dog bite victims recover the compensation they deserve. We understand the physical and psychological injuries that can result from a dog attack, and we will fight to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.