There are approximately 800,000 people each year who get medical attention because of injuries suffered in an attack by a dog, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are a dog attack victim you should be aware of your options and the bite laws for your state. While laws can vary both by state and local municipalities, generally, there are 3 categories for dog bite laws, strict liability laws, one bite laws and negligence laws.
In the case of a strict liability law, the dog owner is completely responsible for injuries caused by their pet,even whether or not he has taken steps such as warning people about the dog by posting signs on the property. There are, however, a few exceptions to the law, these being that the dog bite victim was trespassing or they were teasing or provoking the animal who eventually became aggressive.
The one bite law, in some states, says that the owner isn’t responsible the first time their dog attacks someone. But he is responsible for taking measures to assure that the dog does not bite anyone. It also states that if the owner has a reason to believe the dog might bite he would be responsible the first time.
The negligence law simply means that the owner did not act responsibly and there were injuries caused by their pet. If the dog has been known to bite, there should be cautionary measures taken. Install fences and locked gates and post signs.
Dog attacks number over one-third of all claims filed each year by homeowners. Since there are no nationwide laws for being bitten by a dog it sometimes leads to a lot of confusion as there may be a lot of conflicting parts to an ordinance for dog bite attacks that has to be proven.
Be aware of the laws governing dog bite cases whether you are an owner or a dog bite victim. If you feel that you need legal advice look for an attorney who has a good reputation in dog bite cases. Often these cases are settled out of court by the insurance company or the owner himself. An experienced dog attack lawyer can make all the difference in your case.