Dog bites happen in Alabama more often than you might expect. Adults and children attacked by dogs are often left with physical and emotional scars, whether they knew the dog who bit them or not.
Complicating dog bite cases is the question of who’s responsible, since the dog itself cannot be legally at-fault. In these challenging situations, injured people deserve legal advice they can trust.
This free, downloadable handbook will walk you through the basics of dog bite law in Alabama, how compensation works, and the ways an experienced personal injury attorney guide you through the process.
Dog Bites Are Different Than Other Injuries
Unlike car accident or slip and fall cases, dog bite cases can’t hold the actual offender at fault. In general, according to Alabama code, the dog’s owner is held responsible, but only if:
- The dog was not provoked intentionally or unintentionally, yet still injures someone (unintentional provocation is tricky, and we discuss it more in the ebook).
- The bite happened on property the dog’s owner owns or oversees or after the dog chased someone from such a property.
- The bitten person was legally allowed to be on the dog owner’s property, such as a visitor or contractor, and not trespassing.
Historically, dog owners were given a break with the “one bite rule,” meaning they weren’t considered negligent unless their dog had bitten in the past and shown dangerous propensities.
Today, however, owners are expected to assume their dog — any dog — could suddenly become dangerous and observe laws about containment and leash use.
If they don’t, and their dog attacks someone, they could face a dog bite lawsuit.
Compensation and Healing for Those With Dog Bite Injuries
A handful of simple actions can help you secure fair compensation after being attacked or bitten by a dog, including getting medical treatment, reporting the incident to animal control, and gathering evidence. As with other personal injury claims, you can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Unfortunately, children are far more likely to be bitten by a dog than adults. The severe nature of the injuries and potential for disfigurement often leads to higher claims and more complex cases.
Most injured people start by checking to see if the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy that covers dog bites, and filing a claim if they do have coverage.
However, these policies and dog attack cases can quickly become complicated, and it’s in your best interest to work with an experienced personal injury attorney, who knows Alabama dog bite laws and how to deal with the insurance company. They know dog bite claims well and will help you and your family get the fair compensation you deserve.
Get the Support and Legal Guidance You Need With Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys
We know this dog bite injury isn’t something you planned to deal with, and you may feel overwhelmed by the information coming your way. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. We hope this ebook is a helpful part of your journey.
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys provides resources to help you better understand how you or your loved one’s case fits into Alabama’s dog bite laws, and the options you have going forward. Use this free handbook on dog bite law to help determine the best plan for your healing and compensation.
To speak with a law firm and dog bite lawyer that prioritizes the attorney-client relationship in every case, from Montgomery to Mobile, call (251) 888-8888 or use the contact form on our website to set up your free consultation.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.