Very early on in the claims process or the litigation, we determine whether there might possibly be more than one owner. When that is the case, the owners are joined in the same case.
If the registered owner of the dog makes a credible assertion that he is not the only owner, then we will likely bring claims against other viable owners to make sure that we don’t have an empty chair at trial.
No, you cannot sue if a stray dog bites you. The dog has to have an identifiable owner. We do have situations where the dog is possessed and controlled by more than one person, so for example, maybe a couple of roommates purchase a dog, and that dog ends up… CONTINUE
If you are suing a private party, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the bite. With a government entity, such as the circumstance of when you are bitten by a police dog, you must file a government claim within six months. Normally after you file… CONTINUE
Do I have a case if I was bitten while trespassing? In order to recover damages, the person bitten must lawfully be on property where the bite takes place. However, you should speak with an experienced dog bite attorney about the specific circumstances of your case. If the offending dog… CONTINUE
Dog bites are normally proven by percipient witnesses who saw the bite as it occurred and/or the physical evidence of scars and injuries that result. We often obtain evidence to prove a dog bite from police reports, animal control reports, private investigator reports, photographs and medical records.