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Can you Sue for a Dog Bite in MN?

Minnesota’s dog bite statute states that the owner of the animal involved is strictly liable for damages from an unprovoked dog attack. Hazelton Law Group will help you in your case to not only receive payment for medical expenses, but also compensation for future expenses for ongoing treatments, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact the skilled attorneys at Hazelton Law Group at (218) 444-4529 to find out what we can do for your dog bite injury case.

Emergency rooms see on average one dog bite injury every 40 seconds-that’s 800,000 injuries each year nationwide. Most of these attacks happen to children. The Minneapolis Animal Care and Control stated that more child injuries are reported due to dog bites than any other injury. Including playground, bicycle, ATV, and skateboarding accidents combined. Our attorneys located in Bemidji, Minnesota are ready to lend a hand.

Many dog bites or attacks occur with a neighbor’s or a friend’s dog. Some people are reluctant to report it, worried that their friends and neighbors would have to pay for damages. What they don’t realize is that most settlements can be funded by the homeowner’s insurance policy.

What Types of Injuries are Common in Dog Attacks?

The damage sustained in a dog attack can be serious, not only from bites but also from the dog jumping on or pushing a person. A dog can also be responsible for startling someone, causing them to fall and hurt themselves.

The main areas of injury tend to be around the neck and face, head, and hands, causing long term scarring and emotional trauma. An animal bite can also result in nerve damage, puncture wounds, or broken bones.

Our Lawyers Can Help Get You Compensation

Under Minnesota Dog Bite Law, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • All medical expenses
  • Cosmetic surgery for scar treatment
  • Therapy for emotional trauma
  • Lost wages
  • Torn clothing
  • Pain and suffering
  • Long-term disability or disfigurement

Who is Liable After a Dog Bite?

Minnesota law holds owners responsible for their dog’s behavior. Regardless of whether or not the animal has shown signs of aggression in the past. Even if the animal is overly friendly and jumps on people, it can be said to have a “vicious propensity” which has little to do with the dog’s temperament or personality.

There are exceptions when the bite victim provokes the dog or was not acting peaceable before the attack, they could be considered responsible for their injuries. However, involuntarily provoking a dog such as stepping on the dog by accident does not relieve the owner of liability.

Additionally, while the owner of the dog is primarily liable, if an animal attacks while under the care of someone else such as a groomer or kennel, that individual could be viewed as the negligent party.

Hazelton Law Group can help you with your Dog Attack Case

Again, yes you can sue for a dog bite. If you or someone you know are the victim of a dog bite or attack, you need a skilled and compassionate lawyer to help you get full compensation for the injuries sustained, as well as future costs of treatments. Contact Hazelton Law Group today and we will provide a no obligation review of your case.

Hazelton Law Group
110 Mag Seven Court SW
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Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Phone: (218) 444-4529
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Hazelton Law Group accepts clients from cities and counties from across northern Minnesota including: Roseau, Baudette, Warroad, Red Lake Falls, Thief River Falls, Fosston, Bagley, International Falls, Little Fork, Virginia, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, Wadena and the counties of Lake of the Woods, Pennington, Clearwater, Koochiching, Itasca, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Polk, and Norman.