If you have been involved in a dog biting incident, it can be a frightening experience, regardless of whether it was you who received the bite or your beloved pet. If it happens, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to look for a law firm like Hupy and Abraham or someone similar who you can consult about your options. You should also consider these indicators that you have a solid case on your hands.
The Owner Tries to Settle out of Court
If the owner of the dog that bit you contacts you before you have an opportunity to bring a lawsuit against them, it probably means that they know they were in the wrong. In these situations, it is always best not to talk to them and tell them that you will have your lawyer reach out to them. They might become hostile in this situation. Just reiterate that you’ll have your representative reach out to them, and then disengage.
Think carefully about the circumstances that led up to the dog bite. If you were out walking your dog or you were jogging, and the animal came running out of its yard and bit you or your pet, then that should be a clear-cut case against the owner. If you’re in a public thoroughfare and you get bit, there is no reason that the law should not side in your favor.
Their Dog Was Unlicensed
Regardless of where you live, a license is required for the city, township, etc., if you want to own a dog. The dog must be licensed, and it must display that license in the form of tags that it wears at all times. If the dog that bit you wasn’t licensed, that is another situation where the law is going to be on your side. The protection that is offered by licensing is supposed to protect citizens precisely in situations like this one. If the owner neglected to get that license, you should have a solid case.
The Owner Lies About What Happened
If the owner of the dog that bit you tries to paint a different picture of what took place, then it’s likely that they know they did something wrong. They might try to say that you were trespassing on their property when the incident occurred, or that you antagonized the dog by shouting at it or made a sudden move which frightened it.
If this happens, you’ll probably want to try looking for witnesses as to what took place that day, or you might be able to obtain security footage from a nearby store if the dog bit you in an area with storefronts around. Some private citizens also have cameras installed in and around their property for protection, and you might ask if you can have access to that footage if it helps to prove your case. In these types of situations, the truth almost inevitably comes out.
If a dog bites you and you did nothing to exacerbate the situation, you should be in line for financial compensation for your medical bills, and also your physical and mental pain and suffering. These sorts of lawsuits are not frivolous. When these things happen, it can take you a long time to get over it. It is only right that the dog’s owner makes recompense.