Bit By Service Dog – MN Dog Bite Lawyers


A service dog can bite someone, and the owner is responsible . A recent report discussed a passenger on a major airline who was bit on the face by an emotional support service dog. The incident occurred Sunday on a flight preparing to take off.  The Labrador mix, weighing about 50 pounds, was in the middle seat with its owner and the victim was in the window seat, according to a witness. The gentleman in front of the victim and the dog owner indicated that he had cause for alarm.

Our MN dog bite attorneys have represented many people bitten or injured by a dog in different situations, but not a service dog so far.

“There was a call for help, you could hear the dog growling and a bark. And then someone screamed, ‘I need help there is a medical emergency,'” said a passenger. “The dog had been growling at the gentleman and the gentleman said, ‘is this dog going to bite me?’ three times. However, there was no effort to remove the dog off the plane,” the nearby passenger said. It was unclear what led up to the dog attack.

Bit By Service Dog MN Lawyer
Bit By Service Dog MN Lawyer


The dog bite victim was taken to the hospital. Delta’s flight crew immediately got help and paramedics walked the man off the plane. She said the man was noticeably shaken up. “The area was completely covered in blood. They came in and sanitized the area and replaced the airplane seats,” she said. Obviously, the person bitten by the dog will have medical bills because of the incident, but there may be other losses as well.

The airline issued the following statement: “Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention. Local law enforcement cleared the dog, and the dog and its owner were re-accommodated on a later flight; the dog will fly in a kennel.”

We think of service dogs being very well trained, and they generally are.  However, they are still animals and can react in some situations by biting or attacking someone.  Our dog bite lawyers have represented many people who have been bitten or attacked by a dog in Minnesota. Most often our cases involve a child bit by a friend or neighbor’s dog.

We have not had a case where a service dog bit someone, and we hope we never do. A service dog takes a long time to train and is so valuable and connected to its owner.  This is just a tragic situation. However, the dog bite victim must be considered and fairly compensated for the injury.


Our best Minnesota dog bite lawyers have more than 25 years’ of success representing people who have been injured or bitten by a dog.  This is usually a claim against the dog owner’s homeowners insurance.

If you or a family member have been bit by a service dog or bit or attacked by any dog, call us and speak with an experienced attorney for a free consultation. We have offices in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and Woodbury MN.  We also will come to your home to discuss your dog bite case in St. Paul, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Lino Lakes, Forest Lake, Anoka, Albert Lea, and other cities throughout Minnesota.