Dog Bites

What Should I do if I am bitten by a dog?

If you are bitten by a dog, the owner or keeper may be liable for your injuries. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately and contact the police. Request that the dog be impounded and the owner contacted to verify whether the dog has had rabies shots. This information is critical in determining the appropriate medical treatment for your injury.

Dog bites can be serious injuries. The dog owner or keeper and his or her insurance company may be legally responsible to compensate you for the full extent of your injuries including medical expenses, wage loss, pain, suffering, and disability including permanent scarring or disfigurement. If you have been bitten by a dog, you should call us at (801)255-2102 to determine your legal rights.

Is the dog's owner liable?

The owner of a dog is generally responsible for injuries caused by the dog to other persons. It doesn’t matter if the dog owner is unaware that the dog may be vicious or that the dog has bitten others before—the dog owner is still liable.

The dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy will normally pay for dog bite injuries caused by the insured person’s dog. There may be other coverage for medical bills from a dog bite in addition to the liability insurance coverage.

You may want to call us at (801)255-2102 before speaking with any insurance investigators or adjusters, so that you will know and protect your rights. Dog bites can be very serious injuries, particularly when children are bitten.

Damages in a dog bite case?

The owner of a dog is responsible for injuries caused to others who are bitten by the dog. These injuries are often painful and serious, especially when children are the victims. The damages claimed in a dog bite case can include all medical bills, any required plastic surgery, an award for any permanent scars, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages that are standard in injury cases, including, of course, future medical expenses. Some victims of dog bites need psychological counseling, and there may be a claim for emotional damages as well as the cost of treatment or counseling.

It is a good idea to call us at (801)255-2102 before giving an interview or recorded statement to any insurance investigators and adjustors.

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