If you have found yourself to be the victim of a dog attack, you should know that you have rights and that the owner of the dog could be held liable for the injury that you have sustained. They could also be held accountable if they have damaged your property.
Sometimes, a settlement can be reached between yourself and the dog owner without having to resort to suing the owner, but often you will need to bring a lawsuit against the dog owner to hold them as accountable as possible under the law and to make the insurance companies continue on your case.
Filing a Lawsuit For Personal Injury
If you have been injured by another person’s pet, or if that pet has caused damage to your property, then have the right to bring a lawsuit against the responsible party. But how do you make the decision to sue someone? Well, the easiest way to answer that is to say that if the money awarded to you, and your time and effort, would be worth pursuing legal action against the other party involved.
There are different laws that govern our pets that vary from state to state. Depending on where you are located will determine how much evidence you will need to present to the court during your case.
For example, were you on the person’s property lawfully when you were bitten by their dog? Did you do anything that could be seen as provoking the dog? Did the owner have any reason to suspect that the dog might bite someone?
When to Pursue Legal Action For Dog Bites
You will need to determine how much the effort would cost you to decide if you are going to sue or not. If you have been bitten on the leg and need to go to the hospital then yes, you should be compensated for your medical bills. But if that is the extent of your injuries then maybe it would be best for you to come to an agreement with the owner of the dog without involving the court system.
On the other hand, if you were seriously injured, suffered large medical bills, and lost time at work, then pursuing legal help would be in your benefit. Or, if your property was severely damaged because of someone else’s pet, then yes, you would want to consult an attorney and involve the court system to make sure that you are paid the damages you are owed and that the owner of the dog is held as accountable as they can be.
No one wants to get injured by an animal or have them destroy your property. But sometimes accidents and mistakes happen. Knowing what your options are, and the best way to go about them is important. You are entitled to be compensated for damage or injury that has been caused to you.
If you think you might have a case, contact an attorney and talk with them about the details surrounding you. They will be able to give you the best advice possible so that you can rest assured it does not happen to you or someone else again.