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A dog bite victim's rights will depend on whether the victim shares in the fault for his or her injuries.
If the victim was not at fault for his or her injuries
If the victim was not at fault for his or her injuries then he or she should be able to recover from the dog owner an amount of money that compensates the victim for any medical bills, missed time from work, emotional distress damages, and any other types of personal injury damages a judge may deem appropriate.
If the victim shares in fault for his or her injuries
A victim may share in fault for his or her injuries when that person took an action that contributed to the dog bite. For example, a person may have taken the muzzle off a dog while the owner wasn't looking, which then lead to a bite. In this example, the victim would be responsible to the extent removing the muzzle contributed to his or her injuries, and the owner would be responsible for his or her lack of monitoring the dog.
If the victim's shares in responsibility a judge or jury will determine the amount of fault each party shares. Depending on the jurisdiction, they may result in the victim recovering no money for his or her injuries.
Damages are usually paid by:
Injuries cost money, including time away from work, medical bills, and other complications. Before taking legal action or trying to negotiate a settlement on your own, you should talk to an attorney about your case. You can search LawInfo’s legal directory to find a local dog bite attorney about the merits of your case. This one step can level the playing field, help you protect your rights, and put you in the best position for recovering the compensation that you deserve.
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