BIT BY NEIGHBOR’S DOG SHOULD I SUE? MN LAWYERS
Our attorneys handle many dog bite cases in Minnesota every year. Unfortunately, many of those cases involve a dog that bites a neighbor. Sometimes the dog bite occurs when a neighbor comes to visit, either in the house or in the yard. In many instances, however, the dog runs into the street to bite a neighbor or the incident happens at a nearby park.
No one wants to be in a dispute with their neighbor. The dog owner usually feels very bad and responsible for their dog having bitten or attacked or injured a neighbor. Likewise, the neighbor often does not want to cause trouble for the dog owner. What both parties need to understand is that the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance will cover the injuries from the dog bite and provide full compensation to the injured person. This is good for both parties because the dog owner usually feels responsible (in addition to being legally responsible) and want to compensate the person their dog bit – especially if it a neighbor, friend or family member who has medical bills because of the incident. Of course the person who was bit by the dog benefits from the homeowners coverage as well, because then they are not out of pocket because of the incident and can also be compensated for future needs and harms. These cases rarely require anyone to sue the dog owner because Minnesota law is strict in holding the owner responsible and the homeowners insurance can usually be persuaded by the attorney to make a fair settlement.
If you have been bitten or injured by a neighbor’s dog, call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. We will answer your questions and make sure your rights are protected.