If you have been injured by a dog in your neighborhood, at work, at an acquaintance’s home, or any other public place, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any medical expenses, wage losses or emotional trauma that have resulted from the attack. You need to consult with Van Sant Law, LLC immediately after the attack to determine your rights and what the dog owner’s legal obligations may be. Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe initially, you could easily have a rabies infection and not be aware for several days. It will be beneficial for you to call and receive consultation no matter how minor or severe the attack was. We have seen many of our clients, especially those who were bitten by dogs while on the job, receive workers’ compensation for the time they spent recovering from their injuries.

Dog owners who have knowingly kept vicious animals have been fined or imprisoned in the past. If the owner knew the dog had previously attacked or attempted to attack a person and didn’t make attempts to restrain the dog, the owner could be held responsible for all of your expenses and be forced to take the dog to a pound. An owner’s negligence can also be proved if your city has specific statutes regarding proper care and restraint of dogs, such as leash laws.

If your pet was attacked by another person’s dog, resulting in an injury or death, you may be entitled to compensation for veterinary bills and/or fees to purchase a new pet (this includes licenses and shots). You may also be able to receive punitive damages if you suffered severe emotional trauma from your dog’s injuries or death. Workers’ compensation also applies if you had to take time off work to bring your dog to the vet or cope with your loss.

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We are always available to answer any legal questions you have that pertain to the personal injuries you or a loved one has received. We will respond to any concerns you have right away. Just give us a call or send us an e-mail at your earliest convenience.