Every year there are hundreds of people, who get bitten by dogs. Be stray or pet, the threat is equal. In many states, it is granted and provided by the government that such victims may file for compensation against the dog bite. The compensation is either provided by the owner or the government, but yes, such a provision exists.
What to do if bitten by a pet dog?
Although you are entitled for compensation instead of basking in the happiness, it is better to get first aid at the earliest. If the medical aid is not provided on time and looked after well it has got enough probability of converting into cancer. Things may get extra sensitive, if the dog that bites you is diseased.
Once the medical factor is through then comes the time for you to look for a lawyer, who has experience in handling dog bite cases. A professional lawyer may tell you how to make the claims and what are the benefits you are entitled to. The dog bite legal aspects are well known by the attorneys’ specializing in these areas.
Keep yourself acquainted with the phone number and names of the owners of the dog, if you are not then seek help from the eye witnesses.
Pet dogs and their owners
While making the claim or the necessary documents you must know who the dog owner is. The governments of different states impose strict liability on the shoulders of the owners of pet animals especially dogs. The law is simple whether or not the victim was protected by the pet’s owner, the claim and compensation has to be met with by the owners of the Dogs. Moreover, if the owner is aware that the pet is harmful and has the tendency to attack or hurt others then the case becomes even more serious.
It is tough for any owner of the dog to determine whether the pet is harmful/ dangerous for any one. For quoting an example, you may consider that the pit bull owner has to be aware just because this breed is considered harmful in general. The situation at times gets very ambiguous.
There are several instances that may not make the owner fall into any sort of trap. These are:-
- If the owner has already warned the neighbors about the pet.
- The neighbor does everything possible to protect the neighbors by controlling the pet.
- If the victim has been noted to have ignored the warning then the case goes other way round.
It is certainly not an amusing matter, if either you are bitten or attacked by the dog or someone known to you has been. Yes, there are provisions under, which you may make the claim, but the things may go other way round, if you have not been cautious. Protect yourself and stay well while protecting others too.