The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites per year in the United States. More than 750,000 people seek medical treatment for the bites; half of these victims are under the age of 18. In fact, dog bites are a greater health problem for children than mumps, measles and whooping cough combined, according to the City of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Division.
Dog Bites and Minnesota Law
The Minnesota dog bite statute is one of the most liberal in the United States. It is set up to protect innocent people from dog attacks. The statute reads:
Minn. Stat. Ann. Sec. 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.
In short, if you were bitten by a dog, but you were neither trespassing nor provoking the dog, the owner’s home or rental insurance is liable for your medical bills, wage loss and meritorious pain and suffering claim. This is true even if there was not an actual “bite.” Dog tripping or chasing that causes injury may also be covered. Contact a Minneapolis dog bite lawyer to learn more.
Pit Bulls and Aggressive Breeds
Certain breeds of dog are responsible for disproportionate percentages of injury. This is due to several factors, including greater strength, fiercer territorial instincts and natural aggressiveness. If you have been bitten or attacked by a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Akita, Chow, German Shepherd, or other breed of dog, you may be legally entitled to compensation for your injuries.
For more information if you, or a loved one, have been injured by a dog and a free consultation with our experienced and professional staff, call Walker Law Office, P.A. at (612) 821-0094, (214) 550-3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.