here are almost 5 million dog bites per year. About 800,000 victims per year require medical treatment. 1,000 dog bite victims per day are seen in hospital emergency rooms. Dog bites cause losses that exceed $1 billion per year paid by insurance companies.
The legal rights of a dog bite victim depend on where the attack happened. Most states make the owner responsible for all bites, even if the animal has not shown any previous aggressive tendencies. In every state, any person might be liable if he or she was negligent or maintained custody or control of the animal with knowledge that it was dangerous or aggressive. In cities with a “leash law,” violation may constitute negligence.
The legal rights of a dog bite victim depend on where the attack happened, meaning the state and city. The laws vary from state to state, and sometimes even from city to city.
In every state, a victim can recover compensation from:
- A person whose negligence caused the attack
- A person who violated a leash law or a law prohibiting dogs from “running at large”
- A person who kept a dog with the knowledge that the dog had a history of injuring people