How to Get Compensation For a Dog Attack
Most dog owners understand the need to keep their animals under control. They have either trained their dogs to be friendly and non-aggressive or they have taken the appropriate measures to keep them from harming people. Unfortunately, not everyone shares this attitude. There are dog owners who are completely unaware of the hazard their pet presents to the public.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, then you should build up a case and sue the owner.
When the Owner Is Liable
The law states that owners are responsible for the harm caused by their dogs unless the injured party trespassed on their property. You should therefore be able to walk down the street, jog in the park, sit in the patio area of your favorite bistro, or visit the home of a friend without being bitten by a dog.
Conscientious owners take the time to observe the behavior and tendencies of their dog. Not all dogs that bite are aggressive and dangerous. In some dogs, the trait is an expression of playfulness. Nevertheless, it can do people—especially young children—serious harm and must be prevented. Keeping the dog on a short leash and putting a muzzle over its mouth when in public are two of the measures that a responsible dog owner can take.
The Consequences of a Dog Bite
A dog bite is serious. Even if the bite seems relatively mild, you will need to go immediately to the hospital. Once there, the bite will have to be treated and bandaged, and you will need to undergo a course of shots to prevent the development of infection and disease.
In the case of a more severe attack, you will need to spend days or weeks in the hospital. This will lead to a decrease in income and a substantial increase in expenses. You will not only have to pay for your treatment in hospital, but also for rehabilitation services and the prescription medicine you will need long-term.
Proving Your Case
As you recover from your bite, you should consider your legal options. Contacting a lawyer will help you do so. You will have two years to file suit against the owner of the dog. However, it is better to file sooner rather than later.
You should not take it for granted that your injury alone demonstrates the culpability of the dog owner. You must still prove your case, and a personal injury lawyer can help you do that.
If you were in a public place when the attack occurred, you will be able to rely on witnesses or even surveillance camera footage. A personal injury lawyer will gather all such evidence to prove that you were attacked in the place that you stated.
It can be harder to make the case if the attack occurred in a private home. The dog owner may claim that you entered their property illegally. However, it is possible to contradict such a defense by turning over emails, text messages, and social media posts that show you were invited. Your lawyer will also bring in medical experts who will testify that your injuries could have only been sustained by the dog in question.
If have been the victim of a dog attack, you can find out more about your legal options by contacting Bohn & Fletcher, LLP.