IS DOG OWNER RESPONSIBLE IF DOG ACCIDENTALLY INJURES A PERSON?
Answer: Usually yes. The law in Minnesota is clear that the dog owner is responsible for ANY injury caused by the dog, even if their dog injures the person by accident.
347.22 DAMAGES, OWNER LIABLE.
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. The term “owner” includes any person harboring or keeping a dog but the owner shall be primarily liable. The term “dog” includes both male and female of the canine species.
Our lawyers have represented many people injured by a dog where the injury was accidental. For example, we have had a number of cases where a dog accidentally knocked someone over. In one case, a person was standing be a stairway when a dog came in from outside and brushed against the person, causing the person to fall down the stairs. In another case our lawyer represented a person in an accident when the dog suddenly darted in front of them and the person tripped on the dog. Our attorneys have also represented several people injured in a bike accident caused by a dog, usually where the dog jumps on or at the bike and knocks the rider off.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are personal injury lawyers in MN with 25 years’ experience successfully helping hundreds of people get full and fair compensation for their injuries after a dog injured them in an accident. An experienced dog bite attorney is important to help deal with complicated medical and homeowners insurance issues and to make sure you are fully compensated for the injury, including scars and future treatment. When you call our office, a dog bite lawyer will explain the homeowners insurance to you and whether you can sue or make a claim for compensation. If you have been injured by a dog and would like to speak with a lawyer, you can meet us at our offices in Edina Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, or Woodbury. One of our top dog accident injury lawyers can also meet you at your home in St. Paul Minnesota, Roseville, Forest Lake, Roseville MN, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Lino Lakes, Anoka MN, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Rogers, Chanhassen, Chaska, Apple Valley, Richfield MN, Bloomington Minnesota, Lakeville, Burnsville, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will provide you with a free consultation, we will answer your questions about a homeowner’s insurance claim because the dog accidentally injured you, and we never charge anything unless you are compensated for your injury.