What happens if I am bitten by a dog or injured by a dog or other animal?

Attacked by Dog – Minnesota Dog Bite Lawyer & Attorney

Bit Attacked By Dog – Lawyers MN

Minnesota law states that a dog owner is responsible for any injury caused by his or her dog. Most dog cases our attorneys handle involve someone being bitten or attacked by a dog. However, sometimes dogs cause an injury simply by pushing someone down or tripping them. Our dog bite lawyers have handled cases where a dog chased and knocked someone off of a bicycle and where a dog pushed someone down a flight of stairs. Fortunately, most dog owners have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance that will cover their legal responsibility for their dog’s actions.


Many people believe that a dog owner is responsible for injuries caused by a bite only if the dog has bitten before. Fortunately, that is NOT the law in Minnesota. MN law holds a dog owner automatically responsible the first time their dog bites, attacked, or causes injury to someone. The only defense the owner has is if the victim provoked the attack or was trespassing.

Statistics show that on average there are 300,000 dog attack or bites per year nationally that require medical treatment. Sadly, 61% of the dog attacks occur to children (11 years and younger).

Unfortunately, some of the injuries can be quite severe and can include:

  • Rabies
  • Lacerations with permanent scars
  • Emotional trauma
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries.

See also, How To Get Medical Bills Paid. In one year, dog attacks caused 33 deaths, 20 of them children. In these tragic instances, the family can file a wrongful death suit against the dog owner. Most of the dog bite or injured by a dog cases our attorneys in MN have worked on involve scarring and nerve damage. However, we have also handled dog bite or dog attack cases resulting in many other types of injuries – such as a dog running out into traffic and causing a car accident, a dog knocking a person down stairs or pushing someone off a bike, etc.


If you have been injured by a dog or bitten by a dog or other animal, please contact the Rochlin Law Firm, Ltd. and talk to one of our personal injury attorneys to determine your legal rights and entitlement to fair compensation.  Our top lawyers have represented hundreds of people in dog bite attack and other injury cases throughout Minnesota over the last 25 years.  An experienced dog bite attorney from our office will answer your questions and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to.

For more information on dog bite statistics, see www.dogsbite.org.