The last thing you expect to happen while walking down the street or while visiting your friend’s house is for you to suffer a dog bite or be hurt by a dog. Unfortunately, dogs injure people. In fact, it happens more often than you may think. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and about 885,000 require medical attention for these injuries; about half of these are children.” In fact, in 2015, more than 1/3 of all homeowner insurance liability policy claims were for injuries caused by dogs.
While many of the dog-related injuries arise from dog-bites, other injuries can be caused by dogs like when a dog runs into someone and knocks the individual down. Understanding your rights and the obligations of owners is extremely important and can significantly impact the extent of your damages.
Injuries Caused by Dogs Can be Serious
If you were injured by a dog, you may have suffered any, or all, of the following injuries:
- Permanent scarring;
- Permanent disfigurement;
- Permanent nerve damage;
- Psychological trauma;
- Broken bones; and
You May be Entitled to Damages
If you are injured by a dog, you may be entitled to some, or all, of the following damages:
- Pain and suffering;
- Past and future medical bills;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Lost wages.