Dog bite injuries are common in Minnesota and they occur in many different situations. Often dogs bite people in the home of a friend, relative, or acquaintance. Dog bite injuries may also occur in public areas where dogs are legally allowed to be off-leash, such as a dog park. However, leashed dogs being walked on the sidewalk by their owners are also a common source of dog bite injuries. Most people who are bitten by dogs are at least somewhat familiar with the dog. Unfortunately, it is impossible to perfectly predict or prevent many dog bites.
Dog bite injuries are sufficiently common that they are generally covered by homeowners and renters’ insurance policies, with a few exceptions. Some insurers may not cover injuries caused by certain breeds of dogs, or may deny coverage to anyone who owns certain breeds of dogs. Similarly, some landlords prohibit dogs of certain breeds or sizes from apartment buildings because of the increased liability. If you have been injured by a dog bite, it is very likely that an insurance policy is in place that can help compensate you for your medical treatment and recovery costs. However, finding the responsible insurer and holding them accountable can be difficult. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
Dog Bite Injury Compensation
Injuries caused by dog bites can present more variables and obstacles to recovering compensation than other common injuries like slip and falls or car accidents. Even in Minnesota where the law clearly establishes a presumption of liability for the owner of a dog that bites someone, other factors may be taken into consideration, such as the dog being provoked by the bite victim, the owner losing control of the animal for a reason out of her control, or even questions about the ownership of the dog. People also do not automatically associate dog bite injuries with insurance coverage. Unlike after an auto accident, the parties are unlikely to immediately exchange auto insurance information. However, if you are involved in a dog bite injury, it is important to gather relevant information and preserve it. Be sure to record the name and contact information of the dog’s owner and any witnesses, especially if the bite occurred in public or not on a person’s property. It will be essential to be able to contact the involved parties to move forward in obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney
With extensive experience in dealing with the insurance claim process, from talking to adjusters all the way through a court trial, our lawyers focus on obtaining the most favorable results for our clients. Sometimes that may be a relatively quick settlement, and sometimes it may require a jury verdict. In any case, we are committed to doing what is best for the client.
Recently, we handled a case involving a dog bite injury complicated by the fact that the dog’s owners were living in home that had been foreclosed on. As a result, it was initially unclear whether the dog’s owner, the homeowner’s insurance company, the foreclosing bank’s insurer, or the title company would ultimately be responsible. Cases like this can present new legal issues that do not have a definite determined outcome in the court system. Our attorneys harnessed legal research and diligent investigative work to trace the records and identify the party that held an applicable insurance policy on the property at the time of the dog bite. By presenting a well-crafted legal complaint to the responsible party, we are able to demonstrate liability clearly and cut through a complicated scenario to obtain a favorable result for the client.
If you have been injured by a dog bite in Minnesota, contact Sand Law today. Our experienced dog bite personal injury attorneys are ready to help.