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Dog Bite Injury: Understanding Liability
Each and every year, there are over 4 million dog bites throughout the United States. Even worse, every fifth dog bite is so severe that it requires medical assistance. Dog bites are severe injuries and should not be treated lightly. Dog bites can leave victims with long-term and debilitating injuries and huge medical bills. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you should consider seeing a doctor or a medical professional as soon as possible.
Oftentimes dog bite victims are bitten by dogs belonging to friends or family. Due to this, many victims might be reluctant to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner. But this is a mistake since a dog owner’s home insurance policy is liable for injuries suffered from a dog attack. Here at the Idaho Advocates we can help you file a claim against the liable party’s home insurance policy in a professional and considerate manner.
Idaho Dog Bite Laws
As far as dog bites are concerned, Idaho is what is known as a ‘one-bite’ state. This means that a dog owner cannot be found liable for a dog bite according to Idaho law unless the owner knows or should know that their dog is a threat to others. Idaho bases most animal injury cases on laws used for common negligence. If an owner is found to have not acted in a way that prevented the dog from harming another person or did not take the proper safety precautions then they can be found liable for any injuries their dog caused.
One of the biggest factors in determining liability for a dog bite attack is if the dog was provoked or not. If the dog bite victim is shown to have provoked the dog then the victim might be found liable for any and all injuries. By provoking the dog in some fashion, the facts will show that the dog was merely acting in self-defense. This means that despite suffering injuries, the victim is responsible for the attack and not the dog.
An additional factor to consider when determining liability is the age of the victim. Children make up a disproportionate number of dog bite victims. Children often don’t know any better and will provoke a dog despite it showing obvious warning signs. Due to this, a dog bite case involving a 4-year-old child will certainly be treated differently, legally-speaking, than that of an adult dog bite victim.
Another important factor in most any dog bite case is the location of where the attack took place. If the dog bite attack occurred on the owner’s property and the victim was duly warned by either the owner or posted signs, then the victim might be found liable for their own injuries. However, if the owner is present and did nothing or little to prevent the attack from taking place, then the owner could be found liable. Numerous factors such as these help establish liability and will be considered in a legal case.
One last factor to consider is Idaho’s statute of limitations. In Idaho, dog bite victims have a window of 2 years to file a personal injury claim. If a dog bite victim fails to file a claim within 2 years of when they were injured their claim will be barred from being heard in an Idaho court. With such a short statute of limitations in Idaho, time is of the essence.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can produce several different kinds of injuries. Depending on the size and breed of the dog, injuries can be as minor as a small scratch to more severe injuries like broken bones or torn muscles and ligaments. Below is a list of the most common types of injuries caused by dog bites.
- Skin punctures
- Facial disfigurement
- Scratches and cuts
- Broken bones
- Muscle and ligament damage
- Nerve damage
- Impairment of the hands, feet, and legs
- Psychological trauma
Contact the Idaho Advocates
If you’ve been bitten by a dog due to the negligence of its owner, you will need an Advocate on your side. The attorneys with the Idaho Advocates have decades of experience helping dog bite victims like you recover legal compensation for their injuries and losses. Our lawyers are available 7 days a week to freely consult with you about your case. Do not hesitate to contact us today. Call 208-995-2444 or chat online now with a live attorney. The Idaho Advocates will help you get back on the road to recovery. You deserve an Advocate.