Topics to Discuss with Your Dog Bite Lawyer

Topics to Discuss with Your Dog Bite Lawyer

  • What to do immediately after the attack
  • Legal rights of a dog bite victim
  • Legal rights of a rescuer
  • Should parents get a lawyer for their injured child?
  • The “one bite rule”
  • Bodily and emotional injuries
  • Free surgery for children
  • Disfigured by dogs
  • How injuries are given dollar values
  • Structured settlements
  • Injuries in dog parks
  • Electric fences
  • Landlords’ rights and liabilities
  • Homeowner Associations’ liability for dog bites
  • Humane society as a defendant
  • Police dogs and civil rights
  • Beware of the “statute of limitations”
  • Dangerous and vicious dogs
  • Criminal penalties for a dog bite

A person who keeps or has control of an animal may be liable for personal injury or property damage caused by the animal.  A keeper of an animal is one that “harbors, protects, or shelters” the animal.  It is not necessary that the person is the “owner.”  However, an owner who retains some degree of control over an animal can be liable even if the animal is partly under the care of others.  Normally, the owner of an animal is liable only for negligence if the animal causes injury or property damage. Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care in keeping or controlling the animal.

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