Holding Negligent Dog Owners Liable

When feeling anxious or threatened, a friendly pet can turn into a snarling beast in seconds. Dog owners have a responsibility to control their dog and prevent attacks. If an owner fails to do so and you suffer a bite or other injury, the attorneys at The Cody Law Group can help you hold them accountable.

Dog Owner Responsibility

Under Minnesota law, an owner bears liability for bites or other injuries caused by their dog. Minnesota does not use the "one bite" rule, meaning even if the dog has not demonstrated prior aggressive behavior, you can seek compensation. In the tragic event an animal attack causes a death, the surviving family can file a wrongful death claim against the animal's owner. The only defense a dog owner has is if the victim was trespassing or provoked the attack.

Unintentional Injuries

While dog bites are the most well-known type of injury, dogs can cause unintentional injuries as well. For instance, a jumping dog can knock you down a flight of stairs or a running dog can trip you. Much like a dog bite claim, dog owners can be held liable for unintentional injuries caused by their dog too.

You Have A Right To Seek Compensation

Compensation for costs resulting from a dog attack can include medical expenses and lost wages if you miss work. In most situations, the expenses from a dog bite are covered by the dog owner's homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. Depending of the severity of your injury, you may also be eligible for compensation for cosmetic surgery to remove scars and pain and suffering.

If a dog bite or other animal attack injured you, we can help you obtain fair compensation. To learn more about our services, please call our Vadnais Heights firm at 651-294-0994 or reach us online. Our lawyers serve clients throughout the seven-county metro area.