If you have been injured by a dog due to a dog bite, you might consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog. This way, you receive compensation for your injuries and any time missed off work because of time spent in the hospital. Dog bite laws vary, however state by state and these laws can be a bit confusing. Here's how a personal injury case against a dog bite generally works:
Determine if Law Was Broken:
First off, you are going to want to meet with a personal injury attorney to determine if a law has been broken. In some states, it's must be proven that the dog owner was negligent while in other's it doesn't matter because if your dog bit someone, the law says that you are responsible for the outcome. If your state has a dog bite law that says the dog owner is responsible no matter what, then it's going to be a bit easier. If not, then you are going to want to work with your personal injury attorney to prove negligence. You will have to prove that the dog owner knew their dog was capable of this, didn't take preventative measures, and that they actually have full ownership of the dog. Keep in mind that if you were on private property unlawfully, then this is the only time the owner will definitely not be held liable.
If you must provide proof that the owner was negligent, there are a few ways to go about this. One way would be to show proof of the dog's breed. Certain breeds are considered dangerous and this is evidence enough along with proof of not taking preventative measures that the dog owner is liable. These breeds include pit bulls and Rottweilers. You must also show evidence that you were either on public property or on private property lawfully. Say you were delivering a pizza, then this means that you were on the property lawfully since the owner knew that you would be there delivering their pizza.
Proof of Compensation Amount:
Finally, to be sure that you are compensated fairly, you need evidence to support your needs for a certain amount. This has to be done in all states, so be sure that you gather medical documents, lost wages, and you can even show proof of pain and suffering, which is a bit difficult. This is just why it's important to utilize the help of a personal injury attorney who has experience working on dog bite cases.
When you have a general idea of how your case will pan out, you can be better prepared to fight for your claim. For more information, contact companies like Carter & Fulton, P.S.Share