Minnesota Dog Bite Lawyer
Our attorneys have represented many people who have been bitten or attacked by a dog in Minneapolis MN, St. Paul and throughout Minnesota. We have also represented many people who have been injured by a dog, for example by being knocked down a flight of stairs, or pushed off of a bicycle. Not surprisingly, many dog attack cases involve children being bitten by the neighbor’s dog or a family member’s dog, usually at the neighbor’s or family member’s house. Minnesota law states that a dog owner is responsible for the injury caused by his or her dog. Most cases involve a dog attacking and biting someone. However, in addition to the calls we get where the caller says “a dog bit me,” our lawyers also frequently get calls from people who say “a dog pushed me down or pushed me over “or “a dog tripped me”. Most people know that the dog owner is responsible if their dog should bite someone, but the dog owner is just as responsible if their dog injures someone another way – even if the dog is not intentionally trying to cause injury. For example, our dog attack lawyers have handled MN cases where a dog knocked someone off of a bicycle and where a dog was trying to get out of a house and pushed our client down a flight of stairs, causing our client to be seriously injured.
Many people believe that a dog owner is responsible for injuries caused by a bite only if the dog has bitten before. That is NOT the law in Minnesota. The law holds an owner automatically responsible the first time a dog bites or a person is injured by a dog. The only defense the owner has is if the victim provoked the attack or was trespassing. Most dog owners have homeowner’s insurance or rental insurance that will cover their legal responsibility for their dog’s actions. The insurance will pay for medical bills, lost wages, fixing the scars if possible, and compensation for pain and suffering and permanent scarring.
Statistics show that on average there are 300,000 dog bites per year that require medical treatment. 2010 data shows that 61% of the attacks occur to children (11 years and younger) and 39% occur to adults (12 and older).
Unfortunately, some of the injuries from a dog attack can be quite severe and can include:
- Emotional trauma
- Head injuries.
In 2010, dog attacks caused 33 deaths, 20 of them children. In these tragic instances, the family can file a wrongful death suit against the dog’s owner. Most of the dog bite cases our lawyers have handled involve scarring and nerve damage, but we have also handled dog bite or dog attack cases resulting in many other types of injuries.
If you have been injured by a dog or other animal in Minnesota, call and speak with a dog bite lawyer at our office so that we can fully explain your rights and discuss your entitlement to fair compensation. The initial consultation is always free and we will provide you with personal attention.
At the Rochlin Law Firm we have 25 years’ experience representing hundreds of people who have been injured by a dog and other types of accidents. Our primary focus is on getting full and fair compensation for our clients. Pam Rochlin is a former partner with Meshbesher and Spence and was the 2015 president of Minnesota Women Lawyers, an organization with over 1300 members. A lawyer will discuss your dog bite or dog attack case with you, explain your rights, and make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries. We have offices in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Woodbury. We also make house calls. A dog bite attorney from our office will meet with you at your home anywhere throughout Minnesota. There is no obligation on your part, the consultation is free, and we never charge anything unless you are compensated.
For more information on dog bite statistics, see www.dogsbite.org.