Bit By Neighbors Dog Homeowners Insurance Claim Lawyer MN


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.


In one recent case, our attorney represented a young boy bit in the face by a dog.  The dog owner’s daughter and the 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.

Bitten By Neighbor Dog Homeowners Insurance MN Lawyer
Bitten By Neighbor Dog Homeowners Insurance MN Lawyer

When the boy’s family arrived at the dog owner’s home, they were initially invited inside the house as the girls continued to get ready.  The neighbor confined the dog to a bedroom, with the door shut, so that it 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. The dog then began scratching at the bedroom door to get out.  Unfortunately, the grandson decided to open the door and the dog ran out of the room.  The dog ran into the living room and jumped onto the couch next to where our five year-old client was sitting.  At that point, the dog bit our young client in the face, leaving him with a bad scar.  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.


In most cases when a person suffers a dog bite at a neighbor’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 neighbor, 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. This may need future treatment and can affect the person for the rest of their lives.  The dog owner should be happy and relieved to compensate their neighbor in any way possible.

If you or a family member have been bitten or attacked by a neighbor’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.