Recoverable Damages


If a person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog while the person is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, the dog owner or person in control of the dog is liable for the injuries and losses of the person bitten. Unlike some other states, there is no “one bite” provision making an allowance for the first time a dog attacks someone.

The law does not apply if the person who was bitten had first harassed or provoked the dog or if the dog is a trained law enforcement canine.

Otherwise, a dog bite victim may obtain compensation from a dog owner for losses such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage (torn clothing, broken wristwatch, jewelry, eyeglasses, etc.)
  • Lost income during recovery
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Medical monitoring
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Lifetime care and medical costs for severe cases like brain injuries

An experienced attorney will also be able to help identify damages from future complications of the injuries sustained in an attack. Many breeds of dogs can exert enormous amounts of pressure with their jaws. Even where it does not appear initially that the victim sustained serious injuries, a dog bite victim can sustain significant nerve damage without having the skin broken. This type of injury has the potential to develop into a serious injury and could require prolonged medical treatment. Retaining an experienced lawyer is an essential step in assuring that any possible future damages will be asserted in behalf of the victim.

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According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 900,000 of those bites become infected. The U.S. population is approximately 325.8 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 72 people.

If you or a loved one has suffered the shock and pain of a serious dog bite, attack or mauling, our complex litigation attorneys can work to help put the pieces of your life back together. The attorneys at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm have witnessed the devastating physical, emotional and financial effects these injuries can have on their victims. We have seen clients suffer serious injuries, which posed the risk of permanent scarring and incur costly medical bills for related treatments. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills and other losses, including your pain and suffering.

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