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Dog Bites

What benefits am I entitled to if the dog of another person bit me?

If you have been bitten by the dog of another, you may be entitled to medical benefits, lost wages and/or compensation for pain and suffering.


What should I do if I have been bitten by the dog of another person?

  1. It is important that you report the dog bite to Animal Control Services immediately so that they can conduct an investigation in a timely manner.  Be sure to request a copy of their report upon completion or notify your attorney of the county so that your attorney can request a copy of such.

  2. It is also important that you obtain medical treatment and make sure that the dog is up to date on all of its shots.

  3. Be sure to document the address where the bite actually took place, as well as the information for the owner of the dog.

  4. Be sure to document what type of dog bit you, its color, size, breed, etc.

  5. If you know of any prior instances of bad behavior by the dog, be sure to let your attorney know.

  6. Take pictures of the property where the bite took place, if possible, and write the date the pictures were taken on the back of each picture, as well as the name of who took the picture.  Even if the bite happened inside the property, be sure to take pictures of the outside of the property, and specifically of any posted signs regarding notice of any dog(s) at the property, such as “Beware of Dog” or “Bad Dog” signs, or any “No Trespassing” signs.  If there are no such signs, please be sure to inform your attorney.

  7. Please also take pictures of any and all injuries as soon as possible after the bite, so that the injuries that you sustained can be documented.  Again, be sure to write the date the pictures were taken and the name of who took them on the back of each picture.


Who pays for my damages?

Typically, we look to the homeowner or renter’s policy for the property where the dog resides.  However, if you have any health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc, you should be sure to provide such to your medical providers.


If the owner of the dog was renting the property where the dog bite occurred, can the landlord be held responsible?

In some instances, if the dog owner was renting the property where the bite took place, the landlord(s) or owner(s) of the property may also be held liable.