If you or a loved one has been attacked and bitten by a dog, you have the right to hold the owner or person responsible for the dog accountable for negligence. To do this, you need the help of a St. Paul personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable of the last as they pertain to animal bites and your rights. There is no doubt that there are medical expenses, lost wages from missing time at work, and other costs that have resulted from the incident. It is your right to seek compensation for those costs so you don’t have to monetarily pay for something that isn’t your fault.
In-Depth Knowledge Of Dog Bite Law
Per Minnesota law, the dog bite must have occurred without provocation. If you are lawfully on a property and a dog bite occurs, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Of course, there are other factors that can go into your case depending on location. Some communities throughout the Twin Cities have leash laws that differ from others. They may have different requirements when it comes to fences or harboring animals that are potentially dangerous.
Regardless of what the local laws may say in regards to how dogs are kept, an unprovoked dog bite is serious. Even if it is the dog’s first offense, you can seek compensation. The “one bite” rule no longer exists.
If someone who doesn’t own the animal is responsible for the attack, they can also be held responsible. For instance, they may have commanded the dog to attack. Even a landlord can be held liable if they knew that the tenant’s dog was dangerous and allowed the dog to reside on the property anyway.
Helping You Move On With Your Life
When you have a St. Paul personal injury attorney from Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins representing you, a lot of work goes into the case. It starts with identifying the dog that bit you or your loved one. If the dog hasn’t had its rabies vaccine, you may need to have rabies shots and they can be very painful. This process also includes obtaining the dog license number, if there is one, and the owner’s information. We will also acquire your medical records and use the information they contain to file your claim.
Having a dog bite attorney representing you will also help you make the right decisions. For instance, you don’t have to talk to the insurance company. Your attorney can do this, as anything you say could be misconstrued to affect your claim. You don’t have to do anything until you speak to one of our attorneys, which also takes a lot of the legal burden off your shoulders.
Contact A St. Paul Personal Injury Attorney
A dog bite injury can be very serious, leading to extensive medical expenses and pain and suffering. When the dog bite wasn’t your fault, it is important for you to hold the person responsible for the dog accountable, otherwise, medical expenses, missed time at work, and other applicable expenses may not be compensated. To learn more about how you can fight for the compensation you deserve, call Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins at 651-451-6411 or complete our contact form to request a free consultation.