Liability for Dog Attacks and How to File Claims for Injury Compensation

Dog attacks account for over one-third of all homeowners insurance claims filed every year. Many end in lawsuits seeking damages.

There is no nationwide law for dog bite cases. This sometimes leads to confusion as there can be multiple competing layers of ordinances.

Liability must be proven in a dog attack case. This starts with the victim identifying the attacking dog and the dog’s owner or responsible party. Most cities and counties require dogs to have identification tags with the owner’s contact information. There is always a case to be made if a dog owner violates confinement laws or knowingly harbors a dangerous animal.

Most dog bite lawsuits are settled by insurance companies out of court (these cases are often handled through the dog owner’s homeowners policy). If you do need to file suit, finding an attorney with a track record in dog attack cases can significantly help, even if the case never makes it to court.

Some states maintain a dog owner has strict liability. This means the owner is liable for any attack regardless of whether or not the owner knew the dog was dangerous. In states without this standard, it has to be proven that the owner knew the dog was dangerous.

Contributory negligence is also a factor. A person who climbs over the fence into a dog pen and gets bitten obviously contributed to the incident. They may have partial (or even full) liability for their own dog bite injury. Provoking the animal can also be a contributing factor.

Dog Bite Laws in the U.S.
Get an overview of the laws governing dog attacks. The circumstances of a dog bite and your state’s laws will affect liability and the amount of compensation you may get for your injuries.

Dog Attack Case Types:

Non-aggressive Dog Accidents
Sometimes non-aggressive dogs cause accidents unintentionally, such as knocking people over and tripping them up. In these instances, who’s liable for the victim’s injuries? Find out here.

Dangerous Dog Breeds and Liability
If you’ve been attacked by a known dangerous dog breed, you may be able to use state or local laws to build your claim for compensation.

Dog Attacks on Children
When children are attacked by dogs, it raises unique issues of liability and compensation. Find out more about winning dog bite lawsuits with child victims, and how parents can protect children from dog attacks.

Dog-on-Dog Aggression
Dog-on-dog aggression can be responsible for injuries to both human and canine victims. Unfortunately, insurance won’t cover a dog’s pain and suffering.

Case Study:

Wild Animal Attacks Zoo Patrons
Attacks involving wild animals are held to a different standard of liability than those involving domesticated animals such as dogs and cats. Here we present a case where a zoo failed to properly secure a leopard which results in several injuries.

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