The impact of dog bites and attacks can be long-lasting and emotionally straining on both victims and their family members.
Minnesota’s laws regarding dog bite victims are some of the nation’s most favorable. When you are attacked or injured by a dog, the liability extends to both the owner and the person who was harboring the pet at the time of the incident. For example, if your daughter’s babysitter was also caring for a friend’s husky, and the dog attacked your child, both the babysitter and the dog’s owner could be liable for the injuries.
Many dog bite victims are attacked by a pet owned by neighbors, friends, or relatives. Others are caused dogs that get loose or are not watched closely in public places. Failing to train or socialize is often the cause of these attacks. Owners should learn about their breed’s temperaments and cater to their needs, but this is often not done. Often these dogs are used to roughhousing and engaging in other aggressive behavior. All dog owners should follow these basic rules, but many do not.
Interactions between children and dogs can be particularly problematic, as many children who are accustomed to playing with friendly dogs are attacked when they encounter an aggressive or poorly trained dog. More than 60 percent of all dog bite injuries happen to children, and almost all people killed by dogs are under the age of 15.
If you, your child, or another family member was injured by a dog, you may suffer from rabies, lacerations, mental or emotional trauma, or head injuries. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you claim compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, and more.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer contact Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm today.
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