How can a dog’s history contribute to my dog bite case?

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the country. They are great companions to have in our homes. When a dog is part of our lives, we can be held responsible for aggressive behavior that they display. Although we may see our dogs as loving and not harmful in any way, they may not be as accepting to other individuals. Dogs can become territorial and protective over their owners. If you find yourself a victim of a dog bite, you may be able to seek liability on behalf of the owner.  

Although a dog owner can be held responsible for their dog’s actions, this can require certain circumstances in incidents involving a dog bite. If a dog is known to have a history of violence, then the owner should have reasonably known about it. This may make the victim’s case easier to prove due to the previous history that was known. The owner can still be held liable if there is no previous history. If the dog bites someone off the owner’s property, was not properly restrained and was out of the owner’s control, then they can be held liable for the incident. The owner’s negligence can prove that they are responsible for the attack that the victim endured.

What can make my case dismissable?

If a victim trespassed onto the owner’s property, a case may be harder to prove. When the dog is controlled on their owner’s property, the injured party will have to prove negligence. This can then lead you to seek damages for your injuries in the form of monetary compensation for your medical bills. If the victim somehow antagonized the dog or entered the property with the intent to commit a crime, they may not be able to prove liability.

How can I build my case?

For each case, it is important to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional. Treatment can help make sure that the dog was given the proper veterinary care and does not have any other negative impact on you. This appointment can also provide documentation of your injuries. With this documentation, it helps to build your case by presenting the effect that the dog bite had on you. To build your case further, you should seek medical information about the dog. Also, information regarding the dog’s previous behavioral history could be useful as well.

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