If you have ever been bitten by a dog, you understand how traumatic it can be. Aiken calls many physical and psychological damages to the victim. At times, it can even cause death. If you or your child or ever bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately. Then, you can see compensation by filing a personal injury claim for any damages received from the bite.
In most states, the owner of the dog is strictly liable for any damages. This is the case even if their dog has never shown previous aggression. The following circumstances are when the owner of the dog is liable for the damages to the victim:
- If the victim was on private or public land lawfully when the bite occurred
- The victim suffered an injury directly related to the bite
- The dog was not provoked by the victim into attacking
Making a dog feel frightened or threatened into attacking his provoking. Attempting to take something away from the dog, for example, is considered a form of provoking.
If the owner of the dog refuses to pay for damages associated with the bite, you will need to file a lawsuit against them. Your lawyer would then be required to prove you are entitled to damage compensation. The owner of the dog will have the opportunity to defend himself. If the owner can prove you were trespassing or provoking the dog, you will not be eligible for compensation. You will need to provide evidence to prove your case and receive monetary compensation.
Many times, homeowners insurance will cover dog bites. There are certain breeds that are not always covered, though. If the dog that bit you is one of these breeds, the owner will be personally liable for all damages. Regardless, if you are lawfully in the area you were bitten and did not provoke the dog, there should be no problem with you being compensated for damages.