If you are a victim of a dog who bites, there are some things you should know. First, that nice little dog 🐶 next door may not have ever taken a hunk of flesh out of anyone before now, but when you walked down the street in front of his 🏠 house, he felt threatened 😨.
That was not your fault, but he did not know that you had the right to walk on a public sidewalk. As you limp home, you may be wondering if you will ever walk normal again. After you tend to your leg, which should include getting an updated Tetanus shot, the owner needs to know that you were attacked. He or she is liable for damage to your property or bodily harm.
If you’ve suffered a dog bite that required medical attention, call our dog bite attorneys. Even if you aren’t sure if you’ll need to make a claim, our attorneys can help you document your injuries so that you have the proof you need to give to the insurance company or to use in court.
If you are ready to make a claim, we can help you with:
‣ Completing the required paperwork
‣ Making sure you meet the deadlines
‣ Rebutting the dog owner’s defenses
If you need help seeking compensation, turn to Litster Frost Injury Lawyers. Our experienced dog-bite attorneys are here to answer any questions you have, guide you through the legal process, and help you get the compensation you deserve by law.
To find out what your case is worth, contact our firm now. There is no charge or obligation for an initial consultation.
WHAT DUTIES DOES A DOG OWNER HAVE TO PREVENT BITES?
Obey Leash Laws
Enforcement may be lax in less populated areas of the state, but populated areas such as Boise are more strict about requiring dogs to be on leash. In addition, the parks in Boise and surrounding Ada County require dogs to be on leashes except in designated areas."
A dog owner must make sure his or her dog can’t escape the property. This is because an owner must take reasonable steps to prevent the dog from biting someone."
Idaho law requires dogs to be under the control of their owners at all times. This is generally interpreted to mean that dogs are either kept indoors, in a fenced yard, or on a leash. This also includes controlling the dog around guests invited to the owner’s home."
The dog owner must remove his or her dog from any situation where it has become agitated."
If the dog owner hasn’t taken reasonable steps including providing proper training, then he or she is liable for the dog’s actions."
If a dog has acted aggressively in the past, the dog’s owner has a duty to seek professional help."
Obey Leash Laws
* While these are not the only duties of a dog owner, these are required by law.
WHY HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Serious Injury & Disfigurement
Some dogs do not waste time on legs; they go straight for throats or faces. While this is the nature of territorial animals, this can cause serious and long-lasting consequences for those who are bitten.
A dog bite can lead to serious injuries from skin tearing, muscle damage, and infection. But dog owners may not recognize the severity of the situation; they find it hard to believe that their beloved pet could behave in a vicious way. However, dog owners are responsible for controlling their dogs at all times and providing compensation for any harm a dog may cause, including dog bites.
Get Medical Bills Paid
Work Loss Reimbursement
Retaining a lawyer as soon as possible after an incident enables him or her to investigate and get a clearer picture of what happened. Insurance companies know that attorneys are experienced in compiling all necessary data for a lawsuit. Thus, companies will often make reasonable settlement offers when they know you have a professional on your side.
Also, attorneys often use their own money for private investigations, gathering medical evidence and billings, photographers, and summarizing medical evidence. In addition, they know how to deal effectively with third-party claims against the settlement, including medical bills, and other expenses you have accrued since the incident.
HOW TO RECOVER FOR INJURIES SUFFERED FROM A DOG BITE
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, the usual course of action is to seek compensation directly from its owner.
Often, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy will cover dog bites as part of the liability portion. Renters are also likely to have liability coverage from their renter’s insurance policy that many Boise landlords are now requiring. Of course, these insurance companies may not pay without a fight since paying a claim reduces their profits.
This could include a lawsuit if the other party won’t agree to pay your medical bills and other expenses, or if he or she disagrees with the amount.
You may also find that the dog owner claims that you provoked the dog by startling it or entering its space. These are sometimes valid defenses, but when a dog is too easily frightened or gets territorial around people who have permission to be on the property, the owner bears responsibility for not taking preventive action.
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Comparative Negligence Rule
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Idaho follows the comparative negligence rule, which means that a court will look at both parties’ actions and level of fault in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Even if you were both driving irresponsibly, if the other driver was driving more carelessly, then you may still have a case. It’s important to recognize, however, that any fault on your part will limit the amount of damages which you can receive.
SEE IF YOU HAVE A CASE IMMEDIATELY:
To schedule a consultation about your accident, call our office at (208) 333-3333 or fill out your case evaluation form now.