When you have been bitten by a dog, we know that you are hurting emotionally and physically. That is why you do not need financial worries to compound the issues that you are facing. Dog bites may be minor, but there are times they can be very severe, leading to disfiguration and severe pain. Even minor bites can become infected and result in severe illness or pain.
If you have been bitten by a dog or you are the parent of a child bitten by a dog, it is important that you speak with a qualified Mankato personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your rights and options. Many times, dog bites are the direct result of owner negligence and they can be held liable.
Experienced & Skilled Dog Attack Representation
Minnesota has one of the most liberal dog bite statutes, which means that it is quite favorable to dog bite victims. Minnesota law says that a dog owner is liable if the dog attacks a person without provocation. The attack has to take place in an area where the victim is at lawfully and the victim has the right to see damages for injuries in the full amount. An “owner” is defined as being a person who is keeping or harboring the dog. If there is someone other than the owner keeping the dog, then they can be held liable.
The types of dog bite injuries that some of our clients have sustained include:
- Permanent disability
- Infection from dog bites
- Broken bones
- Severed muscle, tendons, and ligaments
The only exception to an owner not being liable is if the victim did something to provoke the dog, such as striking the dog. Trespassing on property may also produce an exception, depending on the circumstances.
Holding Owners Of Vicious Dogs Liable
There are some dogs that will not respond to training. When they feel threatened, they will attack. There are some dog breeds that have a reputation for being aggressive. These breeds tend to be popular with dog fighters and people who want to have guard dogs on their property. Usually the issue is bad training combined with a propensity to be aggressive and this can result in an attack if the dog feels provoked when it really isn’t.
As for the type of compensation that your Southern Minnesota personal injury attorney can seek on your behalf, it may include money for medical expenses, rehabilitation, medical devices, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other applicable damages. That way you can focus on the future and not on the financial consequences of the attack.
Contact A Mankato Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog or any kind of animal, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. While dog bites may not always be severe at first, they can lead to infections and years of recovery or even permanent disability. To learn more about how Farrish Johnson Law Office can help you in your personal injury case, call today at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.