Dog bites are not uncommon, every year 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites, and most victims are children between the ages of five and nine. If you or someone you know is bitten by a dog you may be wondering if you have a claim for injuries and will want to contact a dog bite injury attorney immediately. Keep reading to learn what makes a viable dog bite case.
Typically, there are 4 parts that make up a viable case which are, you were bitten or injured by a dog, you were not trespassing, you didn’t provoke the dog, and you suffered from some sort of injury.
When it comes to liability, there are two broad categories. In some states, they have strict liability which means if a dog bites someone, the owner is liable. Other states follow what is called the one-bite rule. With the one-bite rule, homeowners insurance would be responsible for a dog bite unless the dog has bitten someone before. If it has, the owner is liable.
The injury from a dog bite is usually a skin or flesh wound. How much you can recover from a bite depends on scarring which can take a while, so sometimes dog bite cases can take a year to settle.
Lastly, always file a police report. When you do, police will obtain the homeowners’ insurance for you and provide documentation for the insurance company which you will need in a dog bite case.
To learn more about what makes a viable dog bite case, watch the video above or contact your local dog bite injury attorney today.