Dogs are wonderful friends. They make us feel happy and provide excellent companionship. Unfortunately, not all dogs are safe to be around, and some even go so far as to bite unsuspecting people. As you may imagine, dog bite injuries can range from minor lacerations to severe tissue damage or even broken bones.
To seek a legal solution for dog bites, most people choose to file a lawsuit. A successful claim can provide you with compensation that allows you to pay for medical treatment and replace any wages you lost due to the injury. However, there are some instances in which you may not qualify for a liability claim involving a dog bite.
When you may not sue
- When the dog was working with law enforcement personnel
- When the dog was involved in a lawful hunt
- When the person bitten was committing an illegal act
- When the animal was performing other work (for example, herding other animals)
In most other situations, it is the animal owner’s legal duty to ensure that the dog causes no harm to other people. When they fail in this duty, you have the right to seek compensation for your dog bite injuries.
Many people choose not to pursue a legal remedy after suffering a dog bite. However, choosing to act serves two critical purposes. First, it empowers you to replace your out-of-pocket costs, which can be substantial if the injury is severe. Second, it encourages animal owners to behave responsibly and keep their pets from harming others. An experienced attorney can provide valuable advice and guidance.