How to Prove Fault in a Dog Bite Case
How to Prove Fault in a Dog Bite Case
How to Prove Fault in a Dog Bite Case

How to Prove Fault in a Dog Bite Case

When you’re taking a peaceful stroll in your neighborhood, you don’t expect that a dog will attack you. Unfortunately, dog attacks are a relatively common cause of personal injury, and those who suffer from one are often left wondering how they can hold the owner accountable.  The process of proving fault can be difficult, especially when you're already dealing with the aftermath of the bite. At the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, we offer reliable legal services for dog bite victims. Keep reading to learn the steps needed to make your case stronger.

Collect Comprehensive Evidence After the Incident

The foundation of any successful dog bite claim is solid evidence. Right after the incident, it's important to gather as much information as possible. This step is critical in proving that the bite occurred and establishing the severity of your injuries. Start by taking photos of your injuries, as well as the scene of the attack and the dog, if possible. These images will provide visual proof of the incident. If there are any witnesses, you’ll need to get their contact information and ask them to provide statements about what they saw. Witnesses can corroborate your account. Medical records are also vital. Seek medical attention immediately after the bite, even if the injury seems minor. A healthcare professional's documentation of your injuries will provide an objective account of the harm caused by the dog bite. Keep all medical bills and records, as they will be necessary for calculating your compensation.

Trace the Dog’s Owner or Custodian

Identifying the dog’s owner or keeper might seem straightforward, but it can sometimes be challenging, especially if the dog is unaccompanied. If the attack happened in a public place or a neighborhood, ask around to see if anyone recognizes the dog and knows its owner. You can also check with local animal control or the police to see if the dog has a history of aggressive behavior or if there have been previous complaints. This information can be valuable in establishing a pattern of negligence. Once you identify the owner, get their name, address, and contact information. If the owner disputes your claim, knowing their background and the dog’s history can be beneficial.

Establish the Owner’s Negligence

To hold the dog owner liable, you will have to prove that they were negligent. Negligence in dog bite cases typically involves showing that the owner failed to control their dog or did not take reasonable steps to prevent the attack. There are a few ways to demonstrate negligence:

  • Previous Behavior: If the dog has a history of aggression or biting, and the owner did not take steps to prevent further incidents, this can be a strong indicator of negligence.
  • Violation of Local Laws: Many areas have leash laws or regulations regarding dangerous dogs. If the owner violated these laws, it could be evidence of negligence.
  • Lack of Supervision: If the owner allowed their dog to roam freely without supervision, it can be seen as a failure to control their pet.

Gather any relevant documentation, such as previous complaints, records of the dog's behavior, or local ordinances. These can help establish that the owner knew about the potential danger and failed to act responsibly.

Get Appropriate Legal Advice from a Personal Injury Attorney

Handling dog bite cases can be complicated, and having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side can make a big difference. A qualified lawyer can help you:

  • Evaluation: They will determine the strength of your case and advise you on the best course of action.
  • Evidence Collection: Attorneys know what evidence is necessary and how to obtain it. They can also help subpoena records or gather additional documentation.
  • Negotiation: Often, dog bite cases are settled out of court. A personal injury attorney will be able to skillfully negotiate with the owner’s insurance company to ensure you receive fair compensation.
  • Court Representation: If your case goes to trial, having a lawyer who can adequatly represent your interests and present your case effectively is important.

Are You Looking for an Experienced Dog Bit Attorney?

Have you been a victim of a dog bite? Call the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan for guidance and support. Our attorneys can help you achieve justice while you focus on your recovery. We understand the emotional, physical, and financial toll that dog bits can take on your life. Contact us today for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in your community.

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