Attacked by Dog – Minnesota Dog Bite Lawyer & Attorney
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 by a dog or otherwise attacked by a dog in MN. 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. 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 that require medical treatment. 2010 data shows that 61% of the attacks occur to children (11 years and younger) and 39% occur to adults (12 and older).
Unfortunately, some of the injuries can be quite severe and can include:
- Emotional trauma
- 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 lawyers have worked on involve scarring and nerve damage, but 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 lawyers have represented hundreds of people in dog bite attack and other injury cases over the last 25 years. An experienced dog bite lawyer 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.