Dogs are known to be loyal pets, but sometimes they may see a threat in the innocent action of people they are unfamiliar with. They may consider a stranger to be a threat and may attack the person. An insurance company from Massachusetts has stated that more than one-third of all homeowner’s insurance claims in the U.S. relate to dog bites.
Recently, a woman agreed to take care of a dog while her neighbors were on a vacation. It was agreed that in return for her services, the pet owners would pay her $300. The dog was taken to her home. While she was trying to pick up a napkin, the dog bit her. The woman sued the owners of the dog, and a court held the owners liable for her injuries.
Dog bites may cause lacerations, scars, bleeding and even death. Dog injuries may be traumatic, and the injured may need immediate medical attention. The victim may also suffer emotionally after a dog attack.
The owner of a dog has a legal duty to supervise their pets and to prevent injuries to others from dog bite attacks. Massachusetts law provides that if a dog causes injury to a person, the owner of the dog shall be liable for damages unless the injured was committing a trespass or was teasing the dog.
With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, a dog bite victim may seek compensation from a dog owner in case of injuries. The person may claim medical expenses, pain and suffering and mental trauma. The individual may also seek compensation for cosmetic or reconstructive surgery and psychological counseling.
Source: Insurance Journal, “New Jersey Court: Pet Sitter Can Sue Dog’s Owners Over Bite” Dec. 27, 2012