Most dogs are friendly and serve as kind domestic pets for families. These animals are well known for their loyalty and energy. If you don’t spend time sharing funny or touching stories about your beloved dog, chances are you know someone who does. However, even the kindest dog can become aggressive when scared, threatened, or provoked. Millions of people receive serious dog bites each year, and the event is often unexpected and painful. In the aftermath of the attack, victims might be forced to seek treatment at a hospital and then lose time from school or work recovering. A dog bite in the moment is traumatic enough, but the impact of a dog bite can severely alter your quality of life.
A dog bite victim can require agonizing, costly medical treatment. Some examples of procedures that victims often need include:
Any emergency hospital or clinic visit can cost more than most people can afford. Thankfully, the legal system can award damages to dog bite victims.
Dog owners can be held liable, or legally responsible, when their dog bites someone. Sometimes, dog bite victims feel helpless, as if they have no way to recover the costs of medical bills or recovery. After all, you can’t exactly take a dog to court for monetary compensation. You can, however, hold the owner accountable for their dog’s behavior. The law specifies that owners have a serious responsibility to ensure the safety of people around their dog.
Consider the fact that owners have a duty to make sure that their dog should not be physically able to bite someone. They also need to train their dog to be obedient and not aggressive. To ensure the safety of other people around their dog, owners should:
When a dog owner behaves negligently or irresponsibly, the dog might have the opportunity, and the inclination, to bite an innocent person. If a dog has bitten you and you wonder if you can hold the owner responsible for your injury, you should contact a dog bite attorney. The legal team at Truslow & Truslow is ready to discuss the specifics of your case and explain your legal options.
If a dog bit you, here are some simple steps you can take to handle the incident safely and effectively:
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