Dog bite injuries can be one of the most terrifying experience that can leave physical and emotional scars on a person. The injuries caused by dog mauling can be serious enough to be hospitalized with piles of medical bills piling up for you and even temporarily turning you into an invalid for the duration of your treatment. In many cases, the victim can claim compensation from the owner of the dog or any other party that is responsible for the dog bite.
In the event where a dog bit you, the first and foremost action should be to go to a medical clinic to get it cleaned up and have it treated. It can cause a serious infection, death or even a large wound. After getting medical care, your next course of action should be to consult a dog attorney. It will clear things up whether or not you have a legal claim for the compensation or not. Having the details of the owner of the dog including a witness would really help build up a case for you.
The owner of the animal is responsible legally for the attack on the victim. The owner would still be held liable even if he or she tried to control the dog. If the owner had a reason to believe that the dog was vicious and prone to attack people, then it is the owner who is held liable in the court for the actions done by the dog. Provided that the owner warned other people of the dangerous propensities of the dog, in that instance, the liability of the owner would be negated. Adequate warning including verbal and written posts make the injured person liable for himself. The term for this situation is contributory negligence.
The owner can argue that the injured person is liable for himself, considering the circumstances that the victim deliberately made a threatening gesture towards the dog or wrongfully provoked the animal, knowing that such an attempt would result in the dog bite. The keepers who have the animals in custody can be held liable for dog bite too. And if the owner of the dog is a minor, then parents of that child would be held responsible for the dog.
Stephanies Ovadia is a Long Island dog bite lawyer who does animal attack lawsuits. If the liability of the owner is proved in the court, then the injured person can ask for medical expenditure, loss of wages, damage of property and pain and suffering compensation. Call her law office for free consultation on dog bite case.
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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.