Dog Bite at Your Own Home
If you own a dog that bit a visitor to your home, immediately hire a personal injury attorney to help guide you through the possible lawsuit that could unfold. Even if the visitor was in your home, the visitor can sue you for any injuries sustained by your dog.
Frequently, dog owners assume that because the visitor was “rough-housing” with the dog, they are no longer liable for any injuries. Simply put, anytime your dog bites someone (unprovoked or not) you can face a personal injury charge.
If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy, the insurance company will pay out for the losses because of the dog bit. (And then likely cancel your policy.) If you don’t have any insurance coverage, the injured person will have to sue you for damages and losses. Either way, you will want to have a personal injury lawyer to help ensure that you are out at little money as possible.
If you end up in front of a judge, then most judges will consider any extenuating circumstances surrounding the dog bite. One, minor dog bite is not likely to lead to a judgement to have the dog put down. Again, a personal injury attorney can help and guide you through some steps to show the judge you are addressing any aggressive behaviours in your dog.
The injured person is probably going to have a lawyer pressing to get as much money out of the insurance policy (and your assets) as possible. You should have a personal injury attorney on your side to ensure you and your pet are equally protected.