DO I HAVE TO SUE DOG OWNER AFTER DOG BITE ATTACK?
Many of the cases our dog bite lawyers handle involve someone being bit by a dog they know. And often, the dog is owned by a neighbor or friend. We have also had many cases where it is a family member’s dog, e.g. uncle or cousin. No one wants to sue a friend, neighbor or relative. However, the medical bills can be extensive and future plastic surgery may be needed. Also, a scar can be a life-changing disfigurement, especially for a child bitten in the face. Studies show that it can even effect future earning potential.
Fortunately, our cases rarely involve taking the dog owner to court. Most dog owners have homeowner’s insurance to cover their liability. This is comforting to both the victim and the dog owner. In most cases where the dog owner knows the victim, they want to provide compensation and do anything they can to make the situation better.
When our dog bite lawyers take a case we deal directly with the dog owner’s homeowners insurance. The dog owner usually doesn’t even find out about the settlement. Can a dog bite claim make the owner’s insurance rates go up? That is possible. However, any increase in rates will be modest, especially in comparison to the compensation the victim will receive.
If you or your child has been bitten or attacked by a dog and you would like to learn about your rights, call us for a free consultation. Our lawyers have handled hundreds of dog bite cases throughout Minnesota, getting maximum compensation for our clients. We have offices to meet you in Minneapolis, Edina, and Woodbury. Our attorneys also make house-calls and meet over Zoom. We will discuss your case with you and help you decide how (or whether) to proceed.