Dog Bite Legal Cases Explained

Dog Bite Cases

Dog bite legal cases involve incidents where individuals suffer injuries as a result of being bitten or attacked by a dog. These cases can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial harm to the victim, and navigating the legal process can be complex. Dog bite laws vary from state to state, and determining liability and pursuing compensation often requires the guidance of a skilled dog bite lawyer. 


Strict Liability:

Many states have laws that impose strict liability on dog owners for injuries caused by their pets, regardless of whether the owner was negligent or aware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies. Under strict liability laws, dog owners are held responsible for injuries inflicted by their dogs, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident. This means that victims do not need to prove that the owner was negligent or aware of the dog’s dangerous propensities to recover compensation for their injuries.



In addition to strict liability, victims of dog bites may also pursue compensation under theories of negligence. In negligence cases, the victim must prove that the dog owner failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent the dog from causing harm. This may include actions such as allowing the dog to roam freely without a leash, failing to properly restrain the dog, or ignoring warning signs of aggression.



Damages in dog bite cases may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for medical treatment related to the dog bite, including hospital bills, surgery costs, medication, rehabilitation, and therapy.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for wages lost as a result of the injury, including missed workdays, reduced earning capacity, and potential future earnings if the injury affects the victim’s ability to work.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and psychological trauma resulting from the dog bite and its aftermath.
  • Scarring and Disfigurement: Additional compensation may be awarded for permanent scarring, disfigurement, or other lasting injuries resulting from the dog bite.


Legal Defenses:

Dog owners and their insurance companies may raise various defenses to avoid liability for dog bite injuries, including:

  • Provocation: If the victim provoked the dog or engaged in behavior that contributed to the attack, the dog owner may argue that they are not liable for the injuries.
  • Trespassing: If the victim was trespassing on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack, the owner may argue that they are not liable for injuries resulting from the trespasser’s actions.
  • Assumption of Risk: If the victim knowingly exposed themselves to the risk of being bitten by the dog, the owner may argue that they assumed the risk of injury and cannot hold the owner liable.


Importance Of Legal Representation:

Seeking legal representation from a skilled dog bite injury lawyer from a firm like Welts, White, & Fontaine, P.C. is essential for victims seeking compensation for their injuries. A dog bite lawyer can help victims navigate the complexities of dog bite laws, gather evidence to support their claim, negotiate with the dog owner’s insurance company, and pursue the maximum compensation available for their losses. Additionally, a lawyer can advocate for the victim’s rights and interests in court if a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation.

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