Impact of Local Laws on Dog Attacks

Children injured by dogs sometimes have little recourse against a dog owner. Ordinarily, the child’s representative would need to prove that the owner was negligent in allowing the dog to bite. Some local governments, however, have laws regarding liability for dogs that bite while off-leash on another person’s property. We used that type of local law recently when representing a 2-year-old child who was attacked by a dog at a business establishment. The business owner had invited the child to pet the dog, which had recently come from a rescue facility. The dog attacked the child without provocation and bit the child’s head, ear, and chest, which caused permanent scarring. We were able to obtain a fair settlement on behalf of the child, who will gain access to the proceeds when she becomes an adult.

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