Even though they’re man’s best friend, a dog’s behavior can sometimes be unpredictable. And in the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, you need to know your legal rights and you may be eligible for a settlement from the dog’s owner. Ultimately, a pet’s owner is responsible for their pet’s actions. So, if that pet bites you and causes an injury, the owner is responsible and may owe you compensation for medical care, and pain and suffering.
Alabama law states that a dog's owner is liable for injuries caused by the dog if the injured person did not provoke the dog, the injured person was not trespassing, or the injured person was on the dog's owner's property or had just left the property and was chased off it by the dog. Since the owner of the animal is responsible for his or her pet’s actions, that owner’s homeowner's policy will typically cover the injury. If the owner of the pet rents the property, the renter may not be properly insured for covering the liability of a dog bite, but there are certain circumstances where the owner of the property can be held liable for things that happen on their land, even if it is being leased by a third party.
In order to prevent their dogs from biting, owners should make sure their animals are properly trained and secured so they don’t pose a danger to others around them. We also suggest socializing your dog at an early age so they are used to being around other people and animals. You as the pet owner will be held responsible for the actions of your animal.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you should immediately call the authorities. Getting a police report may be difficult depending on the circumstances, but it will make your case much more valuable. You should also seek medical attention right away. We suggest going to an urgent care facility as opposed to the ER. Then, you should seek out a lawyer that handles this type of case. Be sure to ask your attorney how many dog bite cases they’ve handled, and what kind of results they’ve had from those cases. Our firm has handled a number of dog bite cases in the 21 years that we’ve been in business. If you have any questions about dog bites, you can always stop by our office on Florida Street, or call us at (251) 300-2000.