Animal Attacks and Dog Bites
While it is true that dogs can be man’s best friend, they can also cause serious injury if not properly secured and trained. Over the past decade, the illegal business of breeding and training dogs with aggressive tendencies has led to several “accidents,” especially when these dogs escape from their owner’s yard and encounter neighbors, children walking home from school, or post office employees delivering the mail.
In many states, the keeper of a wild animal is strictly liable for the injuries it inflicts upon others. While dogs are not often considered to be “wild animals,” if the dog has a history of being “vicious” or is known as having “dangerous propensities” and the owner knows about it, the owner will be held liable for any injury caused by the dog to others.
Even landlords can be held liable for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog if the landlord had actual or constructive knowledge of the dog’s dangerous predisposition. Some states have identified several breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous without any showing of prior knowledge on the part of the owner of the dog of the dog’s dangerous propensities.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as a result of a dog bite or attack, contact us today. Our firm’s experienced Southaven, MS personal injury attorneys will work hard to assist you in recovering just compensation for your injuries, past and future medical expenses, permanent scarring and disfigurement, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and for any lost income while you are recovering from your injuries.
The Stroud, Flechas & Dalton understands that dog attacks can be one of the most frightening things to endure—especially for young children. We take these cases very seriously and will work with you to insure that you are fairly compensated for your injury.