The responsible person in a dog bite is either the owner of the dog or the person is responsible for the dog at the time that the incident occurred. That means that if you’re aware of the owner and they were the one who is responsible for the dog at the time of the bite, they may be covered under insurance and the insurance company would be responsible to pay for your injuries. That insurance company could either be their homeowner’s insurance company or their renter’s insurance company, depending on whether they own or rent a home. The same thing applies to anyone who is in possession or control of a dog. Again, their homeowner’s or renter’s policy and that insurance company would potentially be responsible to pay for your damages.
How do you sue someone for a dog bite?
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you have a right to bring a claim against the person who owned the dog or the person who is in control of the dog. You can contact a personal injury lawyer to represent you on a contingency fee basis to bring your claim. Normally they’re able to work with the homeowner or the homeowner’s insurance to reach a settlement for money damages for your injury, your medical bills and your pain and suffering. If they are not able to do that they will then file a lawsuit against the homeowner or the dog owner to collect the full value of your damages.