Not long ago, this blog discussed issues related to dog bite litigation when a child is the victim of an animal attack. These tragic incidents often leave victims with serious injuries and painful recoveries. The costs associated with a dog attack can be astronomical and victims can require ongoing treatment for their injuries and wounds.
A dog bite is a somewhat unusual form of personal injury because the harm that is inflicted is not done by a human. Often, when a lawsuit is filed for a personal injury, it is due to the actions or omissions of a person or group of people. When a dog causes harm, the liability for the damage they cause rests upon the shoulders of their owner.
A dog bite victim must be able to prove that the owner of the dog was negligent at the time the incident occurred. This can be proven in a number of ways and how a victim should proceed will greatly depend on the facts of their case. Their personal injury attorney can help them prepare their pleadings to initiate their lawsuit.
Negligence in a dog bite case can be based on the owner’s failure to control their pet, or their failure to provide proper precautions for an animal with known dangerous propensities. Negligence involves a person failing to act as a reasonable person would under the circumstances present at the time the incident happened, and if a dog owner acted unreasonably then they may have been negligent. Additional factors are needed to prove negligence and victims should seek legal help to prepare strong cases for the recovery of their losses.