Almost anytime anyone gets hurt, you will need to look at potential liability – who is responsible. This is true of business owners and homeowners alike. The fact is, accidents from personal injury can happen anywhere and at anytime, generally when you least expect it. Life can change in a second and just about anything can happen, anytime, any place.
Personal injury is a very broad term and can cover many situations, especially in a dog bite case. A dog bite injury caused by another’s negligence can be considered a personal injury.
What is Negligence, you ask?
Well Negligence, in legal terms, is failing to take care to prevent injury to others that a reasonable person would. Negligence can cover a wide variety of cases. It is to be taken into account that this is intentional, not accidental. Failing to restrain your animals when one of them is known to be aggressive, is negligent on the part of the owner. Likewise, not having control over your dog may be accidental, but you could still be found to be negligent under the law.
Negligence can happen at other times too, but especially with a dog bite. Dogs are animals and animals can react quickly and don’t have time to analyze a situation the way a human would. They react fast and you can’t always stop them, nor can you always reliably predict their behavior. How many cases have you seen reported in the news about a perfectly friendly family dog who mauled an innocent young child? Far too many!
This type of incident can also happen at a place of business or at a residence as well. One good example is if someone is not as wary of dogs as another person might be. Perhaps they approach a dog in a business, and get bitten and then suffer severe injuries. Whose fault is it? It might be extremely easy to say the customer might be the one at fault. Often, it can be the establishment’s fault if they were somehow negligent with not cautioning people around pets
This, similarly can happen at someone’s house. If you have any kind of pet, especially dogs, someone can scare the pet and them get bitten as a result. This doesn’t mean that you are automatically at fault. Usually the negligence part would be the circumstances surrounding the event. Was the dog unfamiliar with who you are? Did you scare the dog unintentionally or hurt it by stepping on its paws? These are all factors.