Victim Rights After a Dog Bite Attack
Understanding Your Dog Assault Rights and Responsibilities.
The aftermath of a terrible dog bite attack may be confusing and difficult. You are already injured, and now you have to face both medical treatment and a possible legal battle. It's in this situation that you should consider your legal rights and the best path forward. Furthermore, your actions will have effects on whether or not a dangerous dog can attack more individuals. Of course, the first thing you should do is seek out medical attention. However, after that, the best idea is to contact a legal expert, like the trusted attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC.
Dog Assaults and Civil Liability.
The owner or handler of the dog in question carries certain legal responsibilities. This is even more so if the owner did not properly care for or train the dog, or keep it restrained. This includes:
Strict Liability for Trespass.
There is 100% liability on the dog's keeper if it enters into the property of the injured party.
Inherently Dangerous Animals.
Furthermore, there is strict liability for dog owners, even if they don't know that the animal is dangerous. An improperly trained dog, or one that has attacked before, is a special case. The owner must take steps to keep the general public safe from the dangerous animal.
Negligence and Attacking Dogs.
This is more of a gray area than the examples used above, but just as relevant. Owners that do not properly leash or restrain their animals are likely to be responsible. This is the case in public places the owner chooses to bring the dog into. Furthermore, there is a scale of duty for each owner, depending on how reckless their actions are. This includes allowing the dog off the leash in public or not restraining it at home. In addition, there could be certain care needed for animals of certain breeds, such as pit bulls or rottweilers.
Determining Your Rights After a Dog Attacks.
Your rights start from even before the animal attack. If you are not acting in a reckless manner, the dog bite's responsibility falls primarily on the dog owner. Contact us for more info on your next move, such as medical treatment and clamming up without a lawyer talking for you. Our trusted law firm has handled hundreds of similar cases-- and makes the same promise each time. We will help you in your hour of need. If you don't win, we don't ask for a penny.