Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but without proper training they can become a liability or even a danger to themselves and those around them. From Schnauzers to Shiatzus, dogs can appear perfectly tame until the moment they attack. Victims and owners of canines that attack are both at serious risk. With the number of households containing dogs in the millions, 56.7 according to the National Pet Owners Survey, there has never been a more important time to understand the legal repercussions of a dog attack.
When we purchase a pooch to bring home with us, the last thing we expect is that our new friend will attack a human. Spending money on food and training is one thing, but did you know that dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year? Also, in 2015, 35 Americans were killed by dogs, down from 42 the prior year. If your dog attacks someone, there are several steps you should take to protect yourself.
First, locate your dog’s medical records. These can be important in proving you had no prior knowledge that your pet was dangerous. This is important to prove as, according to the Benton Law Firm, Texas abides by a “one bite rule,” which only holds the dog’s owner accountable for injuries their dog causes if the owner knew that the dog was likely to cause that type of injury.
Next, contact your insurance company. Many insurance plans include dog liability options. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance it is likely, but not guaranteed, that your insurance will be able to assist you financially in the aftermath of the attack.
Finally, keep in mind that honesty is the best policy. These situations can be terrifying, especially for dog lovers fearing for the lives of their pets. Lying can lead to criminal charges and disrupt the investigation process.Read More