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Dog Attack Accident…

Submitted By: Herbert (Columbia, SC)

My daughter was walking down the street and was attacked by a dog. It was a vicious dog attack that took a large section of her calf, down to the bone. She was pregnant at the time and aborted her baby.

Who is liable for injuries a person suffers from a dog attack if there is no owner involved?

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Answer

Dear Herbert,

Herbert:

With the extensive trauma suffered by your daughter and her unborn child it would be incumbent upon you to consult with a qualified and reputable Personal Injury attorney right away. There are some cases which can be handled without an attorney. This is not one of them.

Most Personal Injury attorneys will not charge for an initial office consultation. Seeking one out at the earliest possible time would be the correct thing to do.

Your concern about the identification of the dog’s owner is a valid one, but skilled and experienced personal Injury attorneys are normally prepared for such events.

Many Personal Injury attorneys have Private Investigators on their staff. Although you may not know the identification of the dog’s owner a skilled investigator may be able to find out.

Most dogs have an owner. To be an owner doesn’t necessarily mean the dog is registered. Many people have dogs who run free and don’t have any tags. If the investigator can track down the owner your attorney may be able to seek damages through the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog attacks and bites.

We do hope you find the time to seek the good counsel of an personal injury attorney. You will be glad you did.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: May 19, 2011

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