When you’re seriously bitten by another person’s dog, it’s probably your first instinct to blame yourself for the incident. After all, dogs are animals; they can’t always control their impulses, and you might have been provoking it without realizing. However, there are situations in which a dog bite is most certainly not your fault. In these cases, a dog bite could be the result of the owner’s negligence, which could give you grounds for a personal injury claim. If you’re interested in learning about how a dog bite could be due to negligence, read on.
Why do people ignore dog bites?
There is a chance that the dog causing the bite is not a known dangerous breed, such as a pitbull or a rottweiler. If the breed that bites is a golden retriever, the victim is far less likely to see the incident as negligence on the owner’s behalf. It’s not uncommon for these victims to see the bite as something that was due to their own mistakes, such as encroaching on territory or provoking by some kind of movement. If you don’t regard a serious dog bite as a form of negligence, it’s possible that you could be causing yourself unnecessary harm and grief. When you experience a personal injury, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the compensation you deserve.
What are the cases in which a dog bite is considered negligence?
The owner must take all necessary precautions to ensure that any dog bite is a result of the victim’s wrongdoing. For example, if a dog bite occurs while the dog is chained and there is a sign warning passersby of a dog, the owner put forth their best effort to prevent a bite. However, if a dog is loose in a yard and causes someone harm, or even causes them to fall and suffer injury, the owner has committed negligence. It’s important to recognize the difference between the owner’s best effort to prevent injury, and a bite that could have easily been prevented. If you feel like your bite or injury was due to owner negligence, consult a medical malpractice lawyer. You don’t have to suffer through medical bills and emotional grief alone. Get the compensation you truly deserve by seeking legal aid.
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