You love playing with dogs, and you’re an avid animal lover. When you saw a stray running down the street, your first thought was to catch it to prevent it from getting hit by a car or even further from home.
You’ve done this before without trouble, but this time, the dog wasn’t happy to be pursued. Instead of fleeing, it turned on you and attacked. Now, you have significant injuries to your arms, legs and torso.
The owner of the dog was able to be located thanks to the microchip, and they are arguing that you caused your own injuries by going after the dog. Fortunately, the law is on your side. If a vicious dog is allowed to run loose, either intentionally or not, then the owner can be held liable for the injuries that it causes.
The owner of the dog may need to cover expenses such as:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
They may also be held liable for emotional distress and any disability that you now live with as a result of the attack.
What you’ve been through is not your fault. It’s not your responsibility to keep a pet restrained or leashed, and you were trying to be helpful. Unfortunately, a bite can become infected, cause disabilities or lead to disfigurement. It’s fair for you to seek compensation from the owner of the dog that bit you, even if it was true that you continued to pursue it.
Our website has information on dog bites and what to do if you’ve been a victim of one. You deserve support as you recover from this upsetting attack.