Obtaining compensation in dog bite cases can be very difficult. Many people feel that their dog was not malicious or negligent. Therefore they do not sue. The fact of the matter is, no matter how much you love your pet, if your dog is injured and its owner does not care, you have a case. Here are some tips to help you obtain compensation for dog bites.
Most states have a negligence statute of limitations. This means that the time that a dog bite case must be heard or resolved is always objectionable. If the dog owner has not admitted to or been found liable for the injury, you should file your claim within one year of the date of injury. Failure to file a claim within this period automatically terminates your case.
There are various classifications of dog bite injuries. The most common is “simple” injury. This is usually a soft tissue injury to the skin caused by a dog bite. If a person is bitten on any part of the arm, leg, or buttocks, this would be classified as a superficial injury. Another classification is “permanent” injury, which involves severe tissue damage requiring reconstructive surgery.
If a dog owner fails to control their dog appropriately, such as owning a large, powerful breed, they may also be liable for a personal injury case. For example, if your dog attacks another individual, the other individual may have a chance, whether on purpose or not. If you are bitten by a dog you know well, it is essential to document all details, especially if it turns out that the dog responsible was not registered or licensed. It is also necessary to hire an attorney as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome.
Another option to consider when obtaining compensation for dog bites is negligence. Negligence requires the dog owner to be aware that their dog tends to bite. For instance, a case can be made if the owner fails to train their dog correctly or adequately restrain their dog while in public. In this instance, the owner could be held liable for injuries caused by their pet. Similarly, if a dog is left unsupervised in a hot area, such as a park, it is likely that an individual will slip and fall, causing personal injury.
Whether the dog bite results in an injury or not, or even if it does not result in any damage, a dog bite lawsuit can be filed. Even if you only get one point against your dog in this instance, obtaining compensation will still help you heal faster. You can contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the better your chances for receiving adequate compensation for your pain and suffering.