Taking legal action after a dog bite
Though many consider dogs to be “man’s best friend,” there are some that have violent tendencies and will attack people. Dog bites can cause serious physical injuries, such as deep cuts, broken bones and loss of motor function. In rare, tragic cases, vicious dogs may even kill. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to file a lawsuit and hold the animal’s owner responsible for your injuries. You could recover damages for medical and other bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of spousal companionship.
Holding dog owners responsible for bites
To hold a dog owner liable for your injuries, it is usually not enough to simply show that you were attacked by their dog. You will have to establish that the owner was aware his or her dog had shown violent or aggressive behavior in the past. This can be accomplished through providing reports that cite a history of violent behavior or statements from witnesses who have previously been bitten by the dog. You must also take into account whether the dog was on a leash or running free. If you were bitten while the dog was unleashed, the owner may have violated local leash laws, which could help a jury find the owner legally responsible for your injury. The skilled attorneys of The Blaska Law Firm, LLC can fight for you on your day in court. We have a firm understanding of what it will take to recover damages after a dog bite, including properly documenting your injuries and treatment, as well as securing appropriate witnesses and experts to testify on your behalf. That’s why it’s important for you to call us as soon as possible after being bitten.