Do you want to know more about starting a dog bite case? Our personal injury attorneys can help guide you through the process.
Starting a Dog Bite Case | Determining a Good Dog Bite Case
A viable dog bite case is one in which it is possible to prove that the dog has demonstrated at least some vicious propensities. It’s even more helpful if the dog also looks vicious. That visual image tends to help the bite victim’s case. I believe it has much more jury appeal when, instead of a little toy poodle that rips into someone’s face, the dog involved is a Rottweiler or a pit bull.
When it comes to setting up the liability for your case, it’s important to be able to show that you, as the client, did nothing wrong that could have caused that dog to act the way it did. In other words, you were just minding your own business, or you just reached down to pet the dog, and the dog attacked you. Showing those two things – the dog’s propensity for viciousness and that you didn’t do anything wrong – are a couple of important factors that we look for when going forward with a dog bite case.
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Starting a Dog Bite Case | The Responsible Party in a Dog Bite Case
From time to time, I meet with parents whose children have been attacked or bitten by a dog. The most important thing to remember about a dog bite case is that the dog’s owner is primarily responsible for making sure their animal is restrained properly and doesn’t pose a risk to anybody else. Even so, in certain circumstances, other people may be responsible. For instance, if an owner goes on vacation or asks somebody else to watch their dog for a moment, that person also has the responsibility to make sure the dog is properly restrained and doesn’t pose a risk to anybody.
Whenever a dog bite or other type of dog attack occurs, it’s really important for people to get as much information about the dog as they can, including who might be responsible for it – whether that is someone who was watching the dog at the time or the owner. Also, it’s important to get as much information as possible from the dog catcher. The local municipal dog catcher will have information – or access to information – as to whether the dog is properly vaccinated or poses any other sort of health risk.
If you need help starting a dog bite case, please call our Hamburg dog bite attorneys today for a free consultation.