Every year, millions of Americans face serious health problems from dog attacks. More specifically, the CDC estimates nearly 4.5 million dog bites occur throughout the United States. 1 in 5 of those bites become infected, which leads to even more problems down the road.
While dogs can be loving pets, they can also pose a serious threat to people and cause severe injuries. In the state of Alabama, there are multiple laws that are in place to protect victims of dog bites and attacks. The statute of limitation for a victim to file a lawsuit is 2 years, usually starting the date of the injury. A dog’s owner can be held liable if:
- The injured person did not provoke the dog.
- The injured person was not trespassing.
- The injured person was on the owner’s property at the time or had recently left the property and was chased by the dog.
There are also three possible defense routes one can take:
- Provocation – teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.
- Trespassing – if one enters onto private property without permission by the owner.
- Location – if the injury did not occur on the owner’s property at the time of the attack.
The Do’s & Don’ts When It Comes to Dog Bites
- If you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain still – never run away, avoid direct eye contact and do not panic! Also, immediately let an adult know that there is a stray dog behaving strangely.
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog – it is best to alert the dog to “stay” or “go home,” let the dog pass you.
At Floyd Hunter Injury Law, we know there are both physical and emotional scars after a dog attack that can last long-term. Let an experienced Alabama dog bite lawyer help you receive the compensation you deserve to recover from your injuries.
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