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Common Defense Strategies Used in Dog Bite Cases

Common Defense Strategies Used in Dog Bite Cases

Owning a pet can bring a lot of happiness, but it can also be a liability. If you are bitten by a dog, the dog’s owner will most likely be held liable for your injuries. But, this does not mean that dog bite victims always recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Many owners will try to escape liability by relying on one of these common defense strategies used in dog bite cases:

The Victim Was Trespassing

Pet owners are only liable for dog bite injuries if the victim was lawfully on the property at the time of the accident. Therefore, the defendant may try to claim that you were trespassing at the time of the dog bite. If you were not supposed to be on the property at the time of the accident, the defendant may not be held liable for the attack.

The Dog Was Provoked

The defendant may also claim that the victim provoked the dog prior to the attack by getting too close to him, taking something from him, or engaging in other behavior that could agitate an animal. The logic behind this defense strategy is the defendant should not be liable for the victim’s injuries since the victim was responsible for provoking the dog in the first place. However, it can be difficult for a defendant to prove that the dog was provoked, especially if there are witnesses or if the dog has a history of biting people.

The Victim Was Warned

Dog owners often put up warning signs so visitors know there is an aggressive dog in the vicinity. For example, these signs may say “Beware of Dog” or “Warning: Dog May Bite” and may be posted in a window, on a door, or in the yard in front of the house. A defendant can escape liability in a dog bite case by proving that there was one of these signs posted on their property on the day of the attack. However, the victim may still be able to recover compensation if he can prove that the sign was not clearly visible to visitors when the incident occurred.

If you have been bitten by a dog, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys will poke holes in the defendant’s defense strategy and recover the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

What to Do After A Dog Bite

What to Do After A Dog Bite

Dog bites can happen for a number of reasons. The dog may suddenly feel threatened by your body language, movement, or tone of voice. He may become agitated if you come too close or try to play with him by waving a toy in front of his face. Dogs can be unpredictable sometimes, so it’s important to be prepared by learning what to do after a dog bite.

Seek medical attention.

Immediately following a dog bite, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. If the wound is deep, you will need to call 9-1-1 for emergency medical assistance. Even if the wounds are minor, you should still visit a doctor as soon as possible after the bite to prevent infection and ensure your injuries are documented.

Locate the owner.

Try to locate the owner of the dog so you can ask for his contact and insurance information. If you are able to find the owner, you should also ask him if the dog has been vaccinated. Victims who are unable to locate the owner of the dog may need to get a rabies shot as a preventative measure.

Collect information from witnesses.

If there were any witnesses to the dog bite, ask them for their contact information and try to find out what they saw. It’s important that you do not speak about the accident when talking to the witnesses. Don’t discuss your injuries or speculate as to what caused the dog to attack you.

Report the bite.

Animal bites should be reported within 12 hours to the animal protection agency within the county where the bite occurred. You will be asked to provide a description of the animal, the location of the dog bite, the owner’s information, and a brief summary of what happened.

Contact an attorney.

Finally, it’s in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible after you are bitten by a dog. An attorney will immediately begin to work on your case to gather evidence, identify the liable parties, and negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance company. If the at-fault party’s insurance company contacts you, do not give a statement or answer any questions until you have consulted with a lawyer.

If you have been attacked by a dog, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to hold the dog’s owner responsible for your injuries and recover the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.