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What it takes to prove a dog bite in court

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Catastrophic Personal Injuries

Serious dog bites are often a cause for litigation. Never underestimate the amount of physical damage canine teeth can cause.

Even if you have severe injuries, winning a judgment requires proof. Only appear before a judge if you have evidence of the three mandatory elements.

1. Showing proof of injuries

A judge and jury need to see evidence of harm. Seek medical care whenever a dog bite occurs and follow physician instructions. Neglecting to do this could sink your chances of winning. Save all paperwork you receive during treatment. Courts want to see every document that is relevant to your situation.

2. Showing justification for being on the premises

There needs to be a reason for your presence at the area of the attack. Perhaps providing a service for the owner of the biting pet is your rationale. Maybe you have a history of being a customer at that location. Whatever the pretext, you must justify being present. Emails or texts between you and the defendant are often enough. Your case is likely invalid if a warning sign hangs near the site of the assault.

3. Showing the victim is not guilty of provocation

Responsible dog owners curb their pets from biting. Even animals that receive such training are prone to react. Besides being unethical, hitting or teasing a mutt has the potential to void your case. Certain breeds increase your odds of winning. Pit bulls and Rottweilers, for instance, have reputations that precede them.

The first action you should take when a dog bite occurs is to seek medical care. After that, you may determine liability. Discuss the matter with a professional specializing in personal injury.