Animal Attacks & Dog Bites

What is the “one bite” rule?

In select states, dog owners will not be held liable for a dog’ s first bite attack.

What if my child has been attacked?

In the event your minor child is attacked by an animal, it is the parents’ responsibility to pursue legal action for the child.

Does homeowners’ insurance apply to dog bite injury claims?

Yes. Most homeowners’ insurance policy have provisions that apply to dog bite and animal attack claims.

What if the dog owner doesn’t have homeowners’ insurance?

Even if the dog owner doesn’t have homeowners’ insurance it may still be possible to pursue a claim. In some cases, when a dog owner rents property, the homeowner, may have applicable insurance.

What should I do if a dog or another type of animal attacks?

In the event of an animal attack, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. The next most important thing is to file a dog bite/animal attack report with the appropriate legal entity, usually either the local police or local animal control. Photographs of the bite injury will also be very valuable to substantiating your claim.

How frequently do dog bites occur?

Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with 50% of these bites incurred by children under 10 years old. Roughly 100 children are bitten by dogs in the United States every day, and from 15-20 people are killed by terrible dog attacks every year.


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