Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to report it if a dog bites me?
You are not legally obligated to report a dog bite. However, if you wish to take legal action against the owner of the dog, it is necessary to report it within 2 years of the incident. Be sure to take photos and gather documentation such as medical reports, police reports, animal control records, and any other pertinent information.
How long does a dog bite settlement take?
A dog bite settlement could take anywhere from 30 days to 2 years or more, depending on the situation. In cases of clear liability it could settle anywhere from 30-90 days. In cases that require some investigation (known as the “discovery phase”) it could take 6 months to a year. Cases that go to trial could take two years or more to get a court date in order to be settled.
What should I do if my dog bites my neighbor?
Call a personal injury lawyer right away. There’s always a chance your neighbor could seek legal action, and if so, you’ll want to be prepared. A lawyer will ask for all the necessary information to support your case in the event that your neighbor wants to sue.
Should I sue for a dog bite?
This can be a difficult decision. Did you accrue medical bills as a result of the bite? If so, you may want to seek compensation. Are you concerned that the dog could bite someone else in the future? If so, you may want to pursue legal action to ensure that the owner takes proper care in controlling their dog.
What should I do if MY dog bites me?
If necessary, seek medical care first and foremost. Secure your dog away from others until you can ensure it will not bite again. Consider training programs to help teach your dog not to bite so that you can avoid a possible lawsuit in the future if your dog were to bite someone else.
Can you sue if a police dog bites you?
Yes. If a police dog bites you it can be considered excessive force or police brutality. Contact a personal injury lawyer for legal advice.