How Long Does Child Have To Sue For Dog Bite MN Lawyers


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MN Dog Bite Attorney Pam Rochlin

In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for a dog bite case is usually 6 years. In other words, 6 years from the date of the incident.However, for a child, the statute of limitation is extended until at least their 19th birthday.

If a child is bitten by a dog at age 4, for example, six years would mean they only have until age 10 to make a claim or sue.However, the law in MN allows the child to sue or bring their claim until their 19th birthday.On the other hand, if the child was 16 when they were bitten by a dog, they get the full six years to bring the compensation claim, so until age 22. So really, the rule is 6 years or their 19th birthday, whichever comes last.


Our dog bite lawyers represent many children bitten by a dog.We do not advise people to wait until the last minute to bring their dog bite claim. When you wait many years to start your dog bite case, witnesses’ memories fade, and the child’s memory fades. Also, the level of people’s sympathy may decrease. However, we have had several cases where our client was bitten by a dog as a child and decide to pursue the case after they turn 18. In several cases, they just decided that they are bothered by the dog bite scar and want compensation to pay for plastic surgery.

If your child has been bitten by a dog, you are welcome to call us for a free consultation. You will speak directly with an experienced dog bite lawyer.Our primary focus is to make sure our clients get full compensation for their dog bite injuries. This includes medical bills, future treatment, and compensation for pain and suffering. Permanent scarring is often a big part of these cases. Our lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience representing hundreds of children throughout Minnesota.