Minnesota Dog Bite Attorneys

What happens when Man’s Best Friend goes against him and bites someone? This happens more often than most dog owners and lovers want to admit. Even timid and friendly dogs can sometimes turn on their neighbors or strangers and attack for no apparent reason. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, then you deserve more than just a weak ‘’sorry’’ from the owner, especially if you have suffered physical injury and emotional trauma.

Minnesota Dog Bite Statute

Under Minn. Stat Ann sec. 347.22: Damages, the owner is liable:

  • If a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be, the owner of the dog is liable in damages to the person so attacked or injured to the full amount of the injury sustained. The term “owner” includes any person harboring or keeping a dog but the owner shall be primarily liable. The term “dog” includes both male and female of the canine species.

Dog Bite Damages

If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog you may be able to receive financial compensation for the damage. This can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation fees
  • Therapy bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain medication expenses
  • Additional expenses incurred

Dangerous Dog Breeds

Keep in mind that all dogs have the potential to be dangerous. Most dogs will attack or bite someone if they are provoked, feel threatened or feel the need to protect their owner or their home. Dogs are very loyal and territorial which can be a scary combination in some instances. Some of the more vicious dog breeds include the following:

  • Pit-bull
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Husky
  • Chow Chows
  • Boxer
  • Rottweiler
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Presa Canario
  • Doberman Pinscher

Dog Bites and Children

Unfortunately, children are often the ones who suffer from a dog bite. A child may think he is giving a dog a friendly pat only to be bitten in the face. Not only can this result in scars and permanent lacerations to the face and other areas, but it can also have emotionally scarring consequences for the child.

Who is to Blame?

The owner is legally responsible for their dog at all times. However, in some instances, the renter insurance company may be responsible for the financial damage of a dog bite. Many owners will suggest that the dog was provoked to bite or simply protecting its territory – this can be very hard to prove in court and, in most instances, will not hold up. Many dog owners will ‘train’ their pups to attack on command which can also have devastating consequences. Just because someone is an irresponsible dog owner does not mean you should suffer from a vicious dog attack.

Minneapolis Dog Attack Lawyers

A dog attack can lead to devastating physical injury including lacerations, loss of limbs, loss of vision, permanent facial disfigurement and even death. Contact McEwen & Kestner, PLLC at 651-224-3833 or toll free at 800-732-3070 today to find reputable legal advice and financial compensation you deserve.

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