Dog Bite Law
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Dog Bite Law


The dog bite law differs considerably from country to country. You can therefore never assume that the dog bite law that you are accustomed to from home will be valid when you travel to foreign countries. If you are bitten by a dog, or if your dog attacks someone, you should ideally find a specialised dog bite law attorney who can take care of your case. It is also important to keep in mind that dog bite law can differ within a country as well, since countries can be divided into several administrative regions, states, counties or similar. In the United States, it is for instance common for each state to have their own dog bite law. A limited part of a country can also have gained a high level of autonomy from the main country and have a dog bite law that differs from that of remaining country.

If you are attacked by a dog, the dog bite law can make you entitled to compensation from the owner of the dog. Being attacked by a dog is not only a painful and emotionally stressful experience; it can also turn out to be a very costly calamity. Medical bills can add up to considerable sums and you should keep in mind that cosmetic surgery after a dog bite may not bee paid for by your insurance company. In countries with free or discounted health care, cosmetic surgery is often excluded from the list of available free health care, unless the scars are particularly serious. A dog bite can also result in loss of income, loss of opportunity to earn income in the future because of disfigurement, physical and emotional damage, and so on. Sometimes the attack on your person is combined with loss of property, such as ruined garments and glasses.   

Dog bite law is a complicated legal area because a long series of different questions will arise after a dog bite, and different laws govern each question. This is why many people choose to hire a bite dog law expert, even if it means they have to pay legal fees. These are just a few examples of questions that commonly arise after a dog bite:

  • Can dog bite law make the owner of the dog or the insurance company pay my medical bills?
  • Can dog bite law make the owner of the dog or the insurance company pay for present and future loss of income?
  • Can dog bite law make the owner of the dog or the insurance company pay for permanent physical damage?
  • Can dog bite law make the owner of the dog or the insurance company pay for counselling or therapy if I suffer from psychological problems after the attack?
  • Can dog bite law make the owner of the dog or the insurance company pay for counselling or therapy for a close family member who witnessed the attack and now suffers from psychological problems?
  • Has the owner of the dog done anything illegal and can he or she be sentenced in criminal court?
  • Is there any dog bite law that can force the owner of the dog to have it euthanized?
  • Is there any dog bite law that can force the owner of the dog to keep the dog on a leash?
  • Is there any dog bite law that can force the owner of the dog to make the dog wear a muzzle

Disclaimer: This text is meant as an introduction only and might contain errors. Always refer to a lawyer in your area to get the facts in your particular case.

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