Dog Bite Attorney
Helping Dog Bite Victims Recover Just Compensation.
Being attacked by a dog is a scary experience. According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog require medical attention. When left untreated, an already painful dog bite can have serious complications such as infection. If you have been injured in an attack by a dog, seek medical attention immediately. Report the bite. This is especially important if you are unsure as to whether or not the dog has received its rabies vaccine. Get in touch with trusted dog bite injury counsel by contacting Fazli & Associates. We represent victims of dog bites and dog attacks so that they can seek compensation for the damages they have sustained as a result of the attack.
Dog Bite Laws
When a person is injured in a dog attack, we usually hold the animal’s owner accountable for paying damages. In fact, most states have strict liability statutes in place that make a dog’s owner financially responsible when the dog bites someone. This is true even if the owner did not know that the animal had a propensity for such a violent act. In states with such a strict liability statute, the injured party does not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent or knew that the animal could be dangerous. The justification for strict liability dog bite statutes is that anyone who owns a dog should be responsible for any damage the animal causes; no excuses.
Other states that do not impose strict liability on dog owners for dog bites may have a “one free bite” rule in place. With the one free bite rule, the owner may not be held liable for a dog bite or attack unless he or she had some prior knowledge that the dog had a propensity for this type of behavior. If the dog had displayed violent behaviors in the past, the owner may then be held responsible for compensating a dog bite victim. In fact, this method of holding a dog owner responsible is also available in states with strict liability statutes. In legal terms, it would be seeking recovery from the liable party under a negligence theory. This essentially means that you are looking to hold a party responsible because the other party knew or should have known that the dog had violent tendencies and failed to keep others safe from being victimized by these tendencies.
It is also important to note that the majority of dog bite laws include exceptions. Some of the most common exceptions to holding an owner responsible for injuries caused by his or her dog include when the victim was trespassing or in some way provoked the dog. Additionally, most dog bite laws are not applicable in cases when the bite was due to a police dog performing official duties.
Fighting Back After a Dog Attack.
Being attacked by a dog is a traumatic event. In addition to the emotional toll it can take on a person, the physical injuries can be incredibly painful and have lasting effects. If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, do not hesitate to contact Fazli & Associates as soon as possible. These types of claims are best handled right away. Additionally, you do not want to wait until the statute of limitations has passed. A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to take legal action on a claim. If you wait to long and the statute of limitations passes, you risk losing your right to seek just compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.