The companionship of a domestic dog, or other pet is an experience that many families enjoy throughout the country. While very loving and comforting to the family, many of these pets see their roll as the protector of the family and what it perceives to be their territory. It is also important to understand that every type of dog still has instincts which have been apart of their DNA from the inception of their breed.
Dog owners, as well as domestic and exotic pet owners, have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of the public with regards to the actions of their pets. This responsibility extends to situations inside the home, when the pet is let out into the yard, allowed to roam free, while being walked, or any other situation in which an individual may be harmed.
In a 2008 study by the Insurance Journal it was reported that homeowner dog bite claims accounted for 1/3 of all home owners liability claims.
The severity and types of injuries sustained in a dog bite or animal attack may vary from a superficial scratch, puncture wounds, to extensive ligament, cartilage, bone, muscle, or artery damage, and in more server attacks, the potential of the loss of life.
Depending upon the circumstances of your dog bite liability claim, you may be able to seek compensation and damages for:
Injuries as a direct result of a dog bite or animal attack;
Medical bills directly related to your injuries, including medical treatment, physical therapy &, rehabilitation costs, prescription costs, necessary medical equipment, and if necessary, long term or permanent treatment treatment and care;
Pain and Suffering;
Permanent or long-term loss of quality of life.
In the event that a death has resulted from a dog bite or animal attack, immediate family members of the victim may seek justice in the form of a wrongful death liability lawsuit.