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Dog Bite / Animal Attacks

Dog Bite and Animal Attacks are extremely common personal injury lawsuits, with laws that differ from state to state. The first thing in determining liability and responsibility for the animal attack is to determine who the owner of the animal is. While some states impose a "strict liability" on the owner, others will hold the owner liable only if the owner knew of the animal's "dangerous propensities". The strict liability test is a very low standard that imposes liability on the owner regardless of whether the owner was in the wrong. The dangerous propensities test is somewhat more difficult to meet, since there are several factors to consider, including the breed of the animal and the animal's past history.

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We love our pets. And we do our best to treat and train them well. But not every pet is perfect — or perfectly trained — and pet injuries happen. From the standard dog bite to our pets being injured themselves or causing us to slip and fall, injuries to pets and from pets are all too common and a common source of litigation.

Here’s what you need to know about dog attacks and other pet-related injuries:

Pet Regulation: Are There Dangerous Cat Laws?

Dangerous dog laws have become common, which raises an obvious question. What about cats?

Felines are basically little vampires who scratch stuff, apart from sucking blood. Why seemingly so little concern for them in the law? Do cat people have connects that make their pets exempt from regulation? We turned to the experts at the Animal Legal and Historical Center of Michigan State University to find out more.

In most cases, a dog can make a house a home. One of the few downsides to owning a dog is the potential for liability if your dog bites a person. 

If you live in a house with dogs, you might be liable for dog bites — even if you don’t personally own the dogs. That’s according to a recent decision in New York where the court ruled that that a dog owner’s housemates could be liable for a victim’s injuries from an attack.

Nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the victims are children.

If a dog bites your child, can you sue?

In our many FindLaw's Injured posts, we've covered dog bite injuries quite extensively. However, they're not the only animals with teeth.

What happens when you're bitten by a wild animal, or your wild animal pet bites somebody? Who is liable? Here are three things to know about wild animal bites:

Dog Bite Injuries: Do You Have a Case?

Getting bitten by a dog is never a particularly pleasant experience.

But not every dog bit incident will necessarily make for a successful dog bite injury lawsuit. From the extent of any possible injuries, to the circumstances surrounding the incident, there are many factors that a personal injury attorney will use in determining the potential merits of a lawsuit.

What makes for a good dog bite injury claim? Here are a few questions that you will likely be asked:

Do 'Beware of Dog' Signs Legally Protect Dog Owners From Lawsuits?

If you’re worried about your dog’s potential to bite someone, can hanging a “Beware of Dog” sign on your property offer any sort of legal protection in the event of a dog bite lawsuit?

Although in limited situations a “Beware of Dog” sign may actually help a litigious victim (by allegedly showing you knew of your dog’s vicious propensities), in general, warning passersby, guests, and even potential trespassers about the presence of a dog that may attack may actually be of help to you in defending yourself from a dog bite suit.

What are the possible legal ramifications of a “Beware of Dog” sign? Here’s a general overview:

Can You Sue Over Police Dog Bite Injuries?

Police dogs, just like human police officers, occasionally get the wrong man. But when the police "officer" detaining you has Vise-Grip jaws and razor-sharp teeth, a mistake can damage more than just your dignity.

Case in point: A South Dakota man who police say was an innocent bystander was mistakenly bitten by a police dog, The Argus Leader reported earlier this week. Cops were able to call the dog off the bystander and onto the actual suspect, who was then captured. But both the suspect and the bystander were sent to the hospital with injuries.

In this case and in others, can a police dog bite victim sue the cops for damages?

Can the 'Yellow Dog Project' Prevent Dog Bites?

Have you heard of the "Yellow Dog Project"? It's an effort to raise awareness about anxious dogs and could help to prevent injuries.

If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon tied to its collar or leash, that's a sign the owner is taking part in the Yellow Dog Project. Canine afficionados are advised to proceed with caution around so-called "Yellow Dogs."

Although wearing a yellow ribbon is a useful tool to help avoid any accidents or attacks, simply participating in the Yellow Dog Project doesn't relieve owners from legal liability.

Can a Video Help Win Your Injury Lawsuit?

A number of video production companies create personal injury videos for use in legal proceedings, including litigation, mediation, and arbitration. But is it appropriate to turn to celluloid in a case?

Videos that show how an injury affects a plaintiff, or how an accident occurred, can be helpful to a decision-maker like a juror, judge, or arbitrator. However, such videos can also be challenged on a variety of grounds.

Here are some common types of videos used in personal injury cases, along with their pros and cons: