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Personal Injury Claims for Dog Bites

Bites on a Public Road

Dog bites are the second most common cause of serious injuries to children. Unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly. Dogs can Bite for any reason. The injury can be a small nip which can cause cuts or bruises, to a serious injury requiring stitches, surgery, or broken bones. You could be walking down the street with your child and you approach a person walking their dog. Before you know it, your little one reaches out and touches the dog. The dog bites your child. 

What do you do and whose fault is it?

Depending on how severe the injury determines your compensation. A dog bite falls under the category of personal injury. Whose fault is it if a dog bites a child? It is the owners fault. If you have a dog that you know can or will bite, you need to be aware of this and warn anyone who comes near the dog. All that you need to say, "Please do not touch the dog, he or she may bite." That warns the parent and makes the parent responsible for the child. If you have a violent dog who is known to bite you need to restraint it and if needed put a muzzle on it to prevent it from injuring others. If you do not, then if Fido bites or hurts a person you are responsible and you will have to pay for any all damages to the injured person. 

The Dog That Escapes a Yard

What can also occur is a dog gets out of its yard and attacks a child or adult. This falls under restraint and confinement laws. The owner of the dog will have to compensate the injured person and can also face criminal or civil charges. Owning a dog is a big responsibility. One must ensure the animal is confined and safe from injuring others and itself. Depending on the severity of the injury determines how much the person is compensated for their injuries. There are hospital bills, doctor bills, pain and suffering, and in some cases emotional trauma. The child who was never afraid of dogs is now terrified of all dogs. 

Dogs in Their Yards

Sometimes children are visiting friends and they are playing with the dog and they get bit or jumped on by the dog. The owner of the dog is responsible. This falls under their homeowner’s policy. It does not matter why the dog bit, the owner is at fault and if the child is injured, it is the owner’s responsibility to pay for any and all damages. 

Should We Hire a Solicitor?

All cities have laws to protect children and adults from dog bites. If a person is lawfully on someone’s property or that person is bit by a dog in public, then the owner is responsible. Lawfully on a person’s property is anyone invited onto the property or a person doing a public duty such as a mail carrier. One should consult a solicitor if the owner refuses to pay for the injuries. During the consultation the attorney will help to determine if the case is one to pursue, will explain the law and help the person seek compensation.


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