IS DOG OWNER RESPONSIBLE FOR BITE IF HE POSTS BEWARE SIGN?
In general, the answer is yes. Minnesota law holds the owner strictly liable if their dog bites or injures someone. The only exceptions to this are if the person who was attacked or bitten was trespassing on the property or provoked the dog. Posting a Beware of Dog warning sign does not protect the owner legally from being sued. Likewise, the dog owner is responsible even if they have an electric fence.
A dog bite lawyer in our office got a call today from a dog owner who felt they should not be responsible after their dog bit an Amazon delivery person, because they had posted a “beware of dog” sign. The dog owner’s feeling was that the delivery person should then be more careful and is taking his chances when he goes on the property to deliver the package. However, the law in Minnesota does not support that position.
WARNING SIGN DOES NOT LEGALLY PREVENT DOG OWNER FROM BEING SUED
The delivery person was not trespassing – the owner requested the package to be delivered to her house. And the delivery person did not provoke the dog, he was just minding his own business and delivering the package. Therefore, the dog owner is absolutely responsible if the dog attacks or bites the person in MN.
Our attorneys have had many cases where the dog owner tries to avoid responsibility after their dog attacks or bites someone, but the dog owner rarely gets away with it. If you are attacked or injured by a dog, call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. We will explain your rights to you and make sure you are fairly compensated by the dog owner’s homeowners insurance. Our attorneys have 25 years’ experience with hundreds of dog bite/dog attack cases throughout Minnesota.