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Dog Bites

Dog bites injur nearly 5 million people each year and result in millions of dollars of in medical care, including emergency visits, surgeries, and at times, long term recovery. While people of all ages can be attacked and/or bitten by an animal, dogs often bite children, making this the second leading cause of injury to minors.

Dog bites fall under the broad area of law known as tort law, or personal injury, for which an injured party can seek compensation from the liable party. Dog bite claims fall under the umbrella of personal injury law, where an injured party has the legal right to seek compensation for injuries caused by another party’s actions or negligence. An example would be a party not keeping a dog secured in its yard and the dog then bites someone.

Generally speaking, a dog bite victim or their family, has the right to seek compensation from any liable party, which may include the dog owner, a property owner, any party in violation of leash or restraint laws, and any party who knowingly harbors a dog who has a history of aggression towards people.

Why dogs bite

Numerous factors can cause a dog to bite a person or other animal. Many dog bite situations involve an animal who is:

  • trying to protect their territory (including place, food and people)
  • wanting to establish dominance over the victim
  • placed in an unfamiliar, new or threatening environment
  • sleeping
  • harassed
  • unaltered (i.e. not spayed or neutered)
  • mistreated by its owners

Furthermore, while all dogs bite, the Rottweiler and Pit Bull breeds are shown to be involved in half of all dog bite-related deaths.

What to do After a Dog Bite

Seeking medical treatment is the first thing to do if you have been injured by a dog or any other domestic or wild animal. However, before leaving the scene of the injury, it is important to gather crucial information about the dog, its owner, your location, the contact information of any witnesses, and other pertinent details. If the injury is serious, it may also be wise to contact the local police.

Contacting our office soon after the attack occurred is recommended to assure that all measures are taken to document the attack. A call to our office is free and there is no charge for an initial consultation. Mr. Undem will personally evaluate your case to determine your legal rights and options, and discuss what remedies may be available to the victim and his or her family. Contact us today to learn more.