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April 21, 2021

Who’s Responsible if a Dog Attacks Me?

When a dog attacks and bites a human, the results can be devastating. Your injuries can take a long time to recover from. In severe cases, you may have even lost a loved one to a vicious dog. When this happens, you need to know where to start on your lawsuit.

Here’s the problem—you may be unsure who’s liable for the dog attack. In these cases, you may need a personal injury lawyer at Kohan & Bablove LLP to help. They can determine who’s responsible for your injuries and what your next steps toward recovery are.

Liability for a Dog Attack

When you’re hurt in a dog attack, your first step is identifying who’s responsible for the dog. Typically, liability falls on the owner. They may have failed to leash the dog, or they may have failed to warn you that the dog may bite. For example, the owner may have let their dog loose in a park, only for the dog to attack you, leaving you worried about infections and even rabies.

They’re liable for the dog even if it’s never attacked before, too. In many states, your lawyer may need to prove the dog has a history of attacking people to prove the owner was careless. In California, you only need to prove you were injured by the dog because the owner was negligent.

What if the Owner Is a Minor?

But sometimes it can be tough to hold the owner liable for the dog bite. For example, you may have been bitten on the hand, and now you can’t work and have suffered broken bones. The problem is, the dog is owned by someone under eighteen years old.

Because they’re a minor, they can’t be sued. So who’s responsible?

In these cases, the parents may have financial responsibility for the dog. They’re responsible for their children’s actions, and if the minor allowed the dog to bite another person, they may be responsible for the costs of that damage.

Seek Compensation for a Dog Bite with Help from a Lawyer

When you’re hurt by a dog, you may have trouble getting fairly compensated. Identifying the at-fault party is already tough enough. But you’re also hurt, which takes away from the time and energy you need to calculate your claim’s worth and take your claim to court.

When you’re overwhelmed by all these steps, a lawyer at Kohan & Bablove LLP can help take the pressure off. Your lawyer can help you seek compensation when you’re hurt so you can focus on your health and well-being. To learn more, start with a free consultation. Call 1-844-404-2400 or complete the following online contact form to speak with a lawyer.