Regardless of whether or not the dog owner’s negligence led to your injuries, the dog bite statute makes owners and keepers of dogs strictly liable for all injuries or damages caused by their dogs.
Pet owners are expected to have and maintain control of their animals at all times; even when there is no prior history of violence, aggression or biting. The victim of a dog bite attack does not need to prove negligence. The owner of a dog that bites a victim may be held both criminally and civilly responsible for the attack.
Those numbers reflect only the reported dog bites. Fatalities, while uncommon from dog attacks, do occur.
Children who have been bitten by a dog may experience severe emotional trauma, sleep disturbance, post-traumatic stress disorder and often suffer permanent and serious physical injuries from being mauled, such as scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, broken bones, infections and lacerations.
The victims of dog bite injuries usually face a serious and painful road to recovery. While no law firm can alleviate the emotional and physical toll of a dog bite injury, We can ensure that our clients will receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, please contact Law Offices of David Altman.
Like the majority of states, Utah dog owners are subject to strict liability laws. Those laws impose responsibility regardless of fault if a dog bites anyone. Utah law makes dog owners liable for any injuries or damages caused by their dogs, regardless of the dog’s lack of prior aggressive behavior or the owner’s absence of any knowledge that their dogs are predisposed to biting. (U.C.A. §18-1-1).
Very few defenses are available to the dog owner other than that the dog was provoked or defending the owner or owner’s family from threat of violence or injury. Dog bite cases are no different than most other personal injury cases except that negligence and liability are usually not in issue.
In Utah, dog owners don’t get “one free bite” or a “first free bite”. Contrary to popular belief, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries and damages for their dog’s first bite and every bite thereafter.
As an experienced Utah and California serious injury and premises liability law firm, we know how to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, reconstructive surgery, pain and suffering, and a variety of other damages. We offer legal guidance based on decades of experience for seriously injured clients.
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