Most dog owners acquired their pets for reasons such as companionship, security or simply to save a life. Depending on the type of dog, there may be unintended consequences of dog ownership. In particular, with the increase in litigation surrounding dog bite claims, owners should be aware of the potential liability associated with owning certain types of breeds.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average cost of a dog bite claim is $26,166. For the unsuspecting owner, the cost associated with a dog bit can soar due to rising medical costs and the increase in settlements or jury awards. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure that the dog, regardless of size, is kept in a manner which does not pose a danger to other members of the community. A review of liability will focus on negligence. During this analysis questions such as: Was the dog adequately secured in a fence? and Did the owner have proper control over the animal with a leash? will need to be answered. The typical dog bite claim will expose the dog owner to liability for medical bills, hospital stays, surgery, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage. In fact, in 2010 the insurer State Farm paid out more than $90 million for roughly 3,500 dog bite claims.
Douglasville Personal Injury Attorneys represents clients who have been physically and emotionally injured by dog bites. Our law firm offers free consultations on compensation for medical as well as pain and suffering from one of these attacks. If you have any questions regarding any personal injury related matter contact our law firm today.