It is estimated that every year approximately 2% of the American population will suffer from a dog bite. Dog bites may lead to serious physical injuries and mental anxiety. It is reported that one out of every six dog bites requires immediate medical attention.
In the United States, 30 states have passed statutes that make dog owners liable if their dog bites another person. A dog owner is responsible for the dog bite if it resulted from negligent behavior, not keeping the dog properly restrained, or if it happened in violation to a public safety code. State statutes make it clear that potentially vicious dogs should be kept locked in yards or on a leash while being walked by a responsible adult. Any dog that bites repeatedly is considered a vicious dog and may be euthanized.
Personal injury law protects people against dog bites and dog owner negligence. Failure to use a reasonable amount of care and precaution is considered negligence. Victims of dog bites are entitled to damages from liable dog owners. Monetary compensation can cover things such as the victims medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
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