Dog owners are strictly liable for the behavior of their dogs. If a dog bites you, the owner is automatically responsible for any injuries or harm resulting from the bite.
If you get bitten by a dog:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries
- Get the contact information of the dog owner (name, address, phone #, email)
- If your injuries require medical care and you or your insurance has paid your doctors for treatment, your best course of action is to seek legal counsel to help you recover fair compensation for your dog bite injuries
We do not recommend that you contact the insurance agency to settle the claim on your own; this often results in a much lower settlements. Keep in mind that the insurance company represents the interests of the dog owner and not you.
When you have an experienced attorney representing you in a dog bite case you are more likely to receive full and fair compensation for your loss/injuries. Your compensation package will generally far exceed the cost required to hire legal counsel.
The legislature has written special laws that generally exempt police dogs and their owners from responsibility for the dog’s actions when they occur in the line of duty.