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Even though they’re man’s best friend, dogs can sometimes be spooked or turn aggressive. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is bit by a dog, you need to know your legal rights. David Greene  from Greene & Phillips is here to help explain what to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog.

What are the legal rights of someone who is bitten by a dog?

If you are bitten by a dog owned by someone else, you may be eligible for a settlement from the dog owner. Ultimately a pet’s owner is responsible for their pet’s actions, so if that pet bites you, and causes you harm, the owner is responsible for that harm and may owe you compensation for medical care and pain and suffering.

What does the law say about dog bites?

Alabama law stipulates that a key indicators of liability includes previous dangerous behavior of the animal, an animal with propensities to aggression, and specific types of dangerous breeds.

Does it make a difference if the dog belongs to a landowner or renter?

Since the owner of the animal is responsible, that owner’s homeowner's policy will typically

cover the injury.  If the owner of the pet rents the property will the bike happens, the renter may not be properly insured for covering the liability of a dog bite, but there are certain circumstances will the owner of the property can be held liable for things that happen on their land even if it is being leased by a third party.

What should someone do if they have been bitten by a dog?

Call the authorities. Getting a police report may be difficult depending on the circumstances, but it make your case much more valuable. You should seek medical attention. We suggest going to a Urgent Care Center as opposed to a ER.  Then you should seek out a lawyer that handles this type of case. An attorney will help you navigate through this particularly nuanced and sometimes confusing law.  Be sure to ask your attorney how many dog bite cases they’ve handled and what kind of results they’ve had from those cases.  That’s a fair question to ask.          

For dog owners, especially those with larger breeds, what’s your recommendations for them?

Owners should make sure their animals are properly trained and secured so they don’t pose a danger to their community. You as the pet owner will be held responsible for the actions of your animal.

If someone has questions about dog bites can they call you?

If you have any questions about your legal rights as a victim of dog bites or other injuries that happen at work or private property, please call or stop by. You never need an appointment. You can call 251 300 2000 or our website greenephillips.com or come by our office 50 N Florida St Mobile, AL

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