Dog Bite/Animal Attacks
Each year, 4.7 million people are bitten by feral or domesticated dogs in the U.S. alone. 1,000 Americans are treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by dog attacks every year. Dogs can be our loyal protectors and best friends, but clearly they can also be a real danger. Because of this, every dog owner has a duty to properly train and restrain their pets for the sake of public safety.
Dog Bite Injuries
Injuries from dogs and other animals can be severe. They may include:
If a dog attacks a person, its owner is held legally responsible. The only exception to this is if the victim was doing something to provoke the dog, such as hitting it. This is often very difficult to demonstrate in a hearing, however.
Dog Bites and Liberal Laws
Compared to other states, the most states dog bite statutes are one of the most liberal and that means it is one of the most favorable to dog bite victims. The Statute reads:
If you were bitten by a dog, and you were not trespassing or provoking the dog, the owner’s home or rental insurance is liable for your medical bills, wage loss, and meritorious pain and suffering claim. “Dog bite” covers the actual dog bite, as well as covering some of the dog tripping and chasing if they cause injury.
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