Dog attacks account for over one-third of all homeowners insurance claims filed every year. Many end in lawsuits seeking damages.

There is no nationwide law for dog bite cases. This sometimes leads to confusion as there can be multiple competing layers of ordinances.

Liability must be proven in a dog attack case. This starts with the victim identifying the attacking dog and the dog’s owner or responsible party.

Most cities and counties require dogs to have identification tags with the owner’s contact information.

There is always a case to be made if a dog owner violates confinement laws or knowingly harbors a dangerous animal.

Most dog bite lawsuits are settled by insurance companies out of court (these cases are often handled through the dog owner’s homeowners policy). If you do need to file suit, finding an attorney with a track record in dog attack cases can significantly help, even if the case never makes it to court.

Some states maintain a dog owner has strict liability. This means the owner is liable for any attack regardless of whether or not the owner knew the dog was dangerous. In states without this standard, it has to be proven that the owner knew the dog was dangerous.

Contributory negligence is also a factor. A person who climbs over the fence into a dog pen and gets bitten obviously contributed to the incident. They may have partial (or even full) liability for their own dog bite injury. Provoking the animal can also be a contributing factor.


Information from Injury Claim Coach
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