A dog bite can be a serious matter; the victim of a dog bite may be psychologically traumatized, have injuries that require surgery or result in permanent physical scarring or even loss of sight. Having a personal injury lawyer to represent you is so important to ensure you or your loved one gets the settlement you deserve.
Minnesota has one of the most victim-favored dog bite statutes in the country. It states that if a person is attacked or injured by a dog without provocation, and as long as the person is acting peaceably in a place where they lawfully can be, the dog owner is responsible for damages “to the full amount of the injury sustained.” But without the representation of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, you may not know about everything you’re entitled to.
For example, on March 11, 2016, the West Central Tribune reported that a four-year-old Minnesota girl was awarded $150,000 above and beyond her medical bills in a personal injury civil lawsuit after a dog she was petting bit her multiple times. The young girl was treated at a hospital but still sustained permanent disfigurement of her face and neck. The $150,000 award covers the pain and emotional distress suffered by the girl after the attack; her attorney bills were also ordered to be paid by the dog owner.
A similar statute is in force in Wisconsin as well, with double the award for a dog whose owner knew that it had previously attacked a person and broken the skin or caused disfigurement. However, these statutes are best interpreted by experienced attorneys specializing in personal injury cases.
If you or someone in your family was bitten by a dog, contact us to discuss the legal remedies you may be entitled to.Disclaimer: The information presented in this blog article is for informational use only. The information presented in this blog does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.
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Over 24 years Richard D. O’Dea of O’Dea Law Firm, LLC. has handled hundreds of personal injury cases in the Twin Cities, and throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Contact Rich O’Dea today to discuss your Minnesota or Wisconsin Personal Injury case at (651) 407-5155.