Your neighbor’s dog just bit you and you’re not sure what to do next. You need to know right away if you have a claim and what steps to take. Let’s look at the law at work, so you know what your rights are as a victim of a dog bite.
Many states have laws that state the owner of a dog is responsible for injuries caused by the dog under a strict liability theory. In other words, you only need to prove that the dog injured you to be successful.
The defenses to strict liability claims for dog bites usually include teasing, torturing or taunting the animal or trespassing on the dog owner’s property. You must prove that you were injured as a result of the dog bite and prove what the injuries are.
Scarring is all too often an injury caused by a dog bite. To understand the full nature and extent of the scarring, some time may have to pass for the wound to heal and the scar to form before you know what any permanent marks are left on your body. Patience with the healing process is important.
What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?
- After getting the appropriate medical attention, take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible after the attack.
- Call an attorney to discuss your options.
At the Haymond Law Firm, our philosophy is to be prepared. Our mission is to communicate, counsel and enlighten our clients. Our goal is to achieve results. By being prepared, together, we can achieve.If you believe that you have been a victim of a dog attack, or have questions regarding your legal rights, contact the Haymond Law Firm for help.