A Dog Was Loose On The Beach And Bit Me, Who’s Liable?

There are several factors that may be causal effects for dog bites. For instance, dogs often feel provoked when small children run up to play with them. They don’t know who is friendly or not at a moment’s warning. All they know is that a stranger is running at them quickly. There are other instances that can heighten the likelihood of a dog bite. A dog may not be use to other people or may not have been raised around other dogs.

Aggressive Breeds

In addition, when dogs are around one another, they develop a “pack mentality” and may attack people when loose. Although a dog’s behavior is largely determined by what it’s taught, particular breeds are known to illicit certain behaviors over others. Certain breeds tend to be more aggressive than others; however, any breed of dog can bite and attack. In general, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Akitas, German Shepherds, Huskies and Pitbulls tend to be more aggressive breeds.

Dog Owner’s Liability

When dogs are loose and bite people, their owners can be held liable. State regulations hold that owners are liable for injuries caused by their dogs. How much liability depends on several factors that may be determined in court. Matters regarding how much of the neglect shared by the one bitten or attacked will determine how liable the owner is for the attack. For instance, if a person was warned that a dog bite was likely to occur, the injured party might be held partly liable for the bite. However, the owner’s liability is not dependent on whether the owner had the knowledge that the attack or bite was likely to occur.

Injuries and Damages

Those who have been injured may have the right to seek compensation for injuries and other damages. Loved ones of an injured party may also seek compensation. Such damages may include pain and suffering, medical treatment costs, medication costs, outpatient treatment costs, lost wages and other expenses caused by the dog bite. It’s important to seek immediate medical assistance. Dog bites and attacks can cause puncture wounds, lacerations, the loss of soft tissue, muscle tears, disfigurement, broken bones, rabies and death.

Contact an Attorney Immediately

It’s also important to seek attorney advice in the event of a dog bite or attack. An attorney will be able to answer any questions or concerns regarding the dog bite or attack. In addition, the injured party may be able to seek compensation for injuries and damages. If you are the victim of a dog bite or dog attack call the Law Office Of Gary J. Natale, P.C. at 973.324.9711 or contact the office online.