Did you know that nearly 2% of the American public is bitten by a dog each year? That’s millions of people every year. And almost 800,000 of those each require are serious enough to require medical attention.
Dog bite accidents can result in serious scarring and deformity. Some even result in death. Sadly, the odds that the victim of a fatal dog attack will be a child are 7 out of 10.
An ancient legal rule was the “one bite rule”. This meant that that a dog owner was generally not legally responsible the first time their dog bit someone.
Most states have replaced this ancient rule with modern dog bite statutes. In fact, many states have imposed ‘strict liability’ on dog owners, even for their dog’s first bite. An owner, as well as a keep or harborer of a dog, may be liable not only for a dog’s bite but also for other injuries caused by dogs.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. The dog owner may have coverage for the accident through their homeowner’s insurance policy. Adam Studnicki will be happy to discuss your legal rights and remedies with you.