Bit by the Neighbor’s Dog? What Can You Do?

  • Feb 10 2016
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

dog bite, neighbor's dog bites you, personal injury attorneyAll dog owners are responsible for their dogs and they are held liable for any damage caused by their pets. This is also true if the dog bites someone. Often times you can make a claim for a fair settlement without having to file a lawsuit. Or else the person, who got injured, can sue the owner of the dog and hold him or her liable. So, here is what you need to know if you ever get attacked by a dog.

When You Should Sue

Before suing, you have to make sure that you have a viable case. The court will dismiss the case if there’s any ambiguity or lack of evidence. You have to make sure it’s worth your time and money.

Can You Win the Case?

The extent to which the dog owner is held liable differs depending on the state you live in. Some states hold dog owners liable strictly, which means it doesn’t matter what the circumstances were, as long as there was someone injured. Only two things are considered in court. First, if the dog was on someone else’s property when the incident happened and second if the dog was provoked.

In other states, there is a negligence rule, where the dog owner is questioned if they knew that the dog was a danger to other people or not. If the dog was prone to biting, did the owner take the necessary precautions or not? In any case, you have to make sure you are building a case on solid grounds and have checked the legal requirements for such an issue in your respective state.

Is It Worth It?

If your injury is insignificant and it could be treated at the ER, you have to think again before filing a lawsuit against the dog owner. If you certainly believe the dog owner showed complete negligence, only then you should spend your time, money and effort on suing the other party.

If you are confused whether you have a case or not, contact Gilleon Law Firm, APC for a free consultation.

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