What qualifies as a potential case for a dog bite?
Although many dogs are beloved pets, some dogs bite viciously or attack others without cause. This makes them potentially dangerous, and their owners are not properly and responsibly handling them.
Who is responsible?
The pet owner may be responsible for an injury that is caused by his dog, particularly when the dog bites without having been provoked. The owner may be responsible if he knew that the dog was likely to bite or was aware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies. The pet owner may also be responsible if his carelessness in handling the dog resulted in the injury.
Pet owners are not responsible for injuries that result from a dog biting a trespasser.
What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?
Most importantly, you should seek immediate medical attention for your injury and then report the incident to the animal control agency in your area. Get copies of your medical records and the animal control agency report. It is helpful to take pictures of your injuries and to keep all receipts from medical bills and prescribed medications.
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