Considered to be “Man’s best friend”, dogs have been a symbol of friendliness and obedience to their owner since their domestication. Even the tamest dog may become aggressive if they sense danger or feel they need to protect their owner.
According the CDC, more than half of the dog bites that occur are located on the owners property and account for nearly one third of all homeowners insurance liability claims. Furthermore, nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs per year resulting in over 800,000 injuries that require medical attention.
As a dog owner, you are liable for every action your dog commits including:
- Dog-bite statue: As the owner of a dog, any damage or injury your dog commits is directly attributed to you.
- “One Bite” Rule: Depending on the state you are in, if your dog only bites once you are not necessarily liable. If the dog continues to bit and injury the individual the owner is held responsible.
- Laws against Negligence: If you as the owner are unable to properly control the dog and the dog damages property or injuries somebody, you as the owner are liable.
It is important to properly train your dog to avoid unwanted circumstances such as a vicious bite from occurring. The most dangerous dogs are ones that are improperly trained, abused by their owner, or neglected. It is important to train your dog properly and properly socialize them to prevent injury or damage to yourself or other individuals.
If you are bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Morton J. Shuman for more information on dog bites.