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Who pays when a dog bites a person at a dog park?

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2023 | Personal Injury, Premises Liability

Dog parks have become exceedingly popular in recent years. This makes sense, as owners look for easy opportunities to socialize their dogs. Still, if you have ever been to a dog park, you know just how chaotic they can be.

Because dogs have sharp teeth and claws, a dog attack can leave a person with catastrophic and life-limiting wounds. Consequently, if you are a victim of an attack at a dog park, you might wonder whether you can seek financial compensation for your injuries.

The dog’s owner is legally responsible

Minnesota law is clear on the matter. According to state law, provided you do not provoke the animal, a dog’s owner is liable for all damages an attack causes. This provision of state law is intentionally broad, allowing you to recover financial compensation for all of your attack-related damages.

You must protect yourself

If you are in a dog park, it is advisable to pay close attention to the animals, especially any dogs that act aggressively. Nevertheless, you might not be able to foresee all possible dangers. If a dog attacks you, you should get to safety as quickly as possible. Then, you should go to the emergency room for a full evaluation. After all, some bite-related injuries might not be immediately apparent.

Even if you have decent health insurance, going to the hospital for treatment can be expensive. Ultimately, though, because the dog’s owner is legally responsible for your damages, you should not let the cost of medical treatment dissuade you from obtaining care.