IS THERE A CLAIM IF YOU WERE BIT BY A DOG YOU WERE DOG SITTING?
More dogs have been adopted the last few years than ever. Dog owners love their dogs and treat them like family members. Actually, like young children. At the same time, more people are traveling than ever. So, what do you do with your dog when you go out of town? If you can’t take the dog with you, you must board it. For many people, they find a friend of family member to take care of the dog while they are away.
Our dog bite lawyers handle cases where a dog bites or injures a person. The law in Minnesota is very strict about dog bites. The dog owner is almost always responsible when their dog bites or injures someone. The dog does not have to have bitten before. Likewise, the dog owner is responsible whether the attack occurs at their house or anywhere else. However, there are a few exceptions to dog bite responsibility. One exception is when the dog bites a dog sitter. In that situation, the person taking care of the dog is usually considered like a substitute co-owner. Therefore, in most cases, there is no liability against the actual owner.
There are a few situations where the dog owner would still be responsible to the dog sitter. For example, if the owner knew the dog had rabies and didn’t say anything. Another example would be if the owner knew the dog was injured or sick and didn’t say anything. In those cases, there would be a potential claim for negligence, ever though the dog bite statute would not apply.
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There is also the question of what happens if the dog bites someone else while you are dog sitting? Is the dog sitter responsible for that? In many cases, the answer is yes. Fortunately, the dog sitters homeowners insurance will cover it. In addition, the dog owner’s homeowners insurance will provide coverage as well.
If you have been bitten by a dog, call us for a free consultation. Our lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience. We have handled dog bite cases throughout Minnesota and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.