DOG BITE LAWYER MINNESOTA – ATTACKED/BIT BY DOG AT NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE MN ATTORNEYS
A dog bite can happen anywhere, but most often happens in the home where the dog is staying. Neighbors are in frequent contact with each other, outside and even in each other’s homes. Because of that, our lawyers have handed many case where a neighbor is bitten or attacked by another neighbor’s dog. When you call our office regarding a Minnesota dog bite, an experienced lawyer will advise you of your rights and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to – usually from the neighbor’s homeowners insurance.
CHILD BIT BY NEIGHBORS DOG
In one recent case, our attorney represented a five year old boy bit in the face by a dog. The dog owner’s daughter and the 5 year old boy’s older sister were friends from school. April 25 was the night of the high school prom, and several neighborhood families had been invited to the dog owner’s home to take photographs before the dinner and dance.
When the five year old boy’s family arrived at the dog owner’s home, they were initially invited inside the house as the girls continued to get ready. Apparently, the friend’s mother had two dogs in the house while the girls were getting ready, and the dog owner confined the dogs to a bedroom, with the door shut, so that they would not get in the way. Eventually, the group moved outside to take the pictures. However, our client stayed in the house with another young neighbor boy, the owner’s grandson. The owner admitted that at that point the dogs were still confined to a room in the house. One of the dogs “Callie” began scratching at the bedroom door to get out. The grandson decided to open the door to tell Callie to stop and Callie ran out of the room. Callie ran into the living room and jumped onto the couch next to where our five year old client was sitting. Callie then ran up to our client and bit him in the face. This child had scarring on his fact because of the bite, and our dog bite lawyers were retained to get compensation to pay the medical bills, plastic surgery and whatever else was needed.
Minnesota dog bite statute, Minn. Stat. § 347.22 (2008), provides in pertinent part:
If a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be, the owner of the dog is liable in damages to the person so attacked or injured to the full amount of the injury sustained.
When its elements are established, this statute imposes absolute liability upon the dog owner. Seim v. Garavalia, 306 N.W.2d 806, 812 (Minn. 1981). Neither common-law affirmative defenses nor statutory comparative fault are available to a dog owner or keeper under the statute. It makes no difference that the dog owner may have used reasonable care; negligence is irrelevant.
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In most cases when a person suffers a dog bite at a friend’s house or because of a friend’s dog, the dog owner will have homeowners insurance to compensate the victim. No one wants to sue their friend, but a dog bite can be serious and most of the time (especially with children) the bite is to the face and leaves a scar that may need future treatment or will affect the person for the rest of their lives. The dog owner should be happy and relieved to compensate their friend in any way possible. If you or a family member have been bitten or attacked by a friend’s dog please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Our best dog bite attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience successfully representing hundreds of people who have been bitten or attacked by a dog throughout Minnesota. We have offices where you can discuss your dog bite case with a lawyer in Minneapolis, Woodbury, Edina, and St. Louis Park. A top dog bite lawyer will also meet you at your home in Maple Grove, Plymouth, Chaska, Chanhassen, Rogers, Hopkins, Apple Valley, Lakeville, St. Paul, Roseville, Forest Lake, and other cities throughout Minnesota.