Who is to Blame for your Dog Bite Injury?
Of course, if you or a loved one, particularly a child, has been attacked by a dog, you blame the dog. He is the one who attacked, causing injuries, right? But the truth of the matter is, it’s not the dog who is to blame. It’s the dog’s owner. The legal responsibility lays with the owner in cases of a dog bite accident.
This is just one of the liabilities you take on when you decide to take on ownership of any pet. Along with caring for and feeding the animal, you have a responsibility to see that both the pet and the public are free from harm.
Hospitals and health care providers see far too many dog bite accident
victims. The injuries suffered run the gamut from minor – just barely breaking the skin, to very serious, involving broken bones and skin grafting. In some cases, the injuries are fatal. Often times, the attack might have been avoided if the dog owner had been more responsible. The laws can be very strict when it comes to liability of dog owners for injuries caused by their dogs, and rightly so. Dog owners must be responsible for their dogs. Afterall, what does a dog really know about right or wrong, they are usually reacting from instinct. We forget sometimes that they are just animals, even if they are a beloved member of the family.
Since dogs are animals, no matter how well trained, they are unpredictable. Why do dogs bite or attack ? Many dogs are temperamental, and inherently aggressive. If something triggers them, they can react by biting or attacking. Every dog reacts differently and can behave in unpredictable ways. Some of the reasons dogs bite or attack are being fearful, which results in protection behaviour; feeling the need to be protective of his territory, and being sick or in pain. In addition, dogs will be aggressive when protecting their food; “their” people, or offsping.
In many cases, dogs attack and bite, causing serious injuries because of the dog owner’s failure to properly restrain and control the dog. A dog owner has the legal responsibility to make sure to avoid circumstances in which a dog might feel inclined to bite or attack. If their pet has caused injury to someone, the pet owner is legally required to be responsible for the financial costs associated with the injuries. Dog bite claims can sometimes be tricky. A settlement can cover costs that range from medical care to personal property which was destroyed, to being reimbursed for time missed from work.
For whatever reason, if a dog bites you or someone you care about, we can help. We are dog bite experts.