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Severe Injuries from Dog Bites

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Animal Attacks | 0 comments

Dog bites are a fairly common injury in the United States. Depending on the state you are in, dog bite statutes can differ, and it is important to know what law or rule your state follows in order to have a successful personal injury claim. According to Pohl & Berk, LLP, serious dog bites can also lead to traumatic brain injuries and even spinal cord injuries, and this is not surprising as statistics show most dog bite victims are children under the age of 14. Generally, it is believed that dogs owners should be held liable for the actions and injuries caused by their dogs, however, dog-bite statutes can make this rule complicated.

Consulting with a lawyer when injured after a dog bite would help in knowing what actions to do next in order to win compensation. It is fairly easy to file for a personal injury claim against a dog owner provided the law applies and that the owner’s negligence is established. However, there are instances where police or military dogs attack civilians. Generally, anyone who is bitten by an on-duty police dog does not have legal right to file for personal injury when they have been bitten, however, this rights have limitations as well.

Anyone who wishes to file a personal injury claim against a police dog can file under the Federal Act of 1964. If the police officer has used unreasonable force in order to make an arrest (by using the police dog to bite the person), then they can be held liable for damages and can even be fined to pay for punitive damages. Courts uphold that officers are allowed to use dogs when it is only deemed or reasonable to do so. Should the personal injury case be successful with the help of a personal injury lawyer, the plaintiff (injured victim) may be rewarded with compensation and punitive damages, as well possible awards for attorney’s fees and costs.

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