The majority of people like dogs, and the majority of dogs are friendly and enjoyable to be around. There are some exceptions to this rule. Unfortunately, dogs can be violent and bite at times. This is horrible enough in any circumstance, but what if you are bitten by a dog belonging to a friend or family member?
You definitely need to be compensated for medical expenditures, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and other expenses, but you don't want to end the relationship. Many similar matters have been handled by The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. Continue reading to learn more, then call 800-333-0000 for more information.
It is the dog owner's obligation to keep their dog under control
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to control their dog in every state across the country. They must abide by all dog-related rules, including leash laws and dog bite legislation. They must also abide by the laws of the state in which they take their dog. If a dog owner lets their dog run free without a leash, they will be held responsible if their dog attacks someone.
In most dog bite instances involving serious injuries, one of two things happens: the case is settled through an insurance claim or a lawsuit. If a person possesses a dangerous dog and knows that their dog has attacked humans or been aggressive in the past, they may face criminal penalties that include fines and prison term in addition to civil proceedings.
Each state has its own dog bite laws, however in California, a person is liable if their dog bites someone despite having no cause to believe their dog was hostile or biting. Even whether the dog bite occurred on public or private property, the victim may be reimbursed. In some cases, the dog owner will not be held liable, however this usually only applies to situations where the victim chose the risk.
How can I sue a family member or a friend?
The problem is that people are hesitant to sue a friend or family member. We understand. However, keep in mind that because most individuals spend the majority of their time with friends and family, the majority of dog attacks are caused by a family member or friend. Remember that you have been injured as a result of circumstances beyond your control. You don't want your friend or family member to be held accountable, so why should you?
The most important thing to remember is that you are filing a claim against your friend's or family member's homeowner's insurance, not against them personally. This is why they have insurance: to ensure that if someone is hurt on their property, they receive the recompense they deserve without financially crippling your friend or family member. If you need assistance working for the damages you are awarded, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.