Over 4.7 million people are bitten or mauled by dogs every year; the second most common cause of injury to children are dog bites. Of these, more than 800,000 require medical help. Worse yet, there are more than a dozen deaths from these attacks. Dog owners have a responsibility for any damages or injuries caused by their animals; however, different states have different laws regarding how much responsibility the owner has. Some states require the victim to show that the owner knew that the animal was dangerous and failed to take the necessary precautions. Other states require dog owners to take full responsibility, no matter what the animal’s past history may be. The animal’s owner cannot be held responsible if a victim is trespassing or if a victim provokes the animal. Your state may have a law called the one bite rule, which may be applicable to your case.
Dogs attack for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons for an animal attack is when the animal is trying to protect its territory; however, animals also attack when the animal is in an unfamiliar environment, is protecting its food, is awakened while sleeping, or when a toy or treat is taken away. Male dogs are more likely to bite than female dogs are. While there have been claims of all dog breeds biting, fifty percent of all dog bites are by Rottweilers or pit bulls.
A dog’s owner should be aware of the risk of dog bites, dog maulings, or types of dog attacks. The owner can lessen the chances of an attack occurring by training their animals, socializing the dog with people and other animals, and obeying laws regarding the dog’s restraint. A potential victim should approach an animal with caution and to treat an animal kindly.
If you or a loved one is the victim of dog bite or animal attack, whether because of owner negligence or otherwise, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the state’s specific animal laws. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that your loved one deserves.