Do I have a legal recourse against my neighbor for my injuries? 27 Answers as of November 18, 2013Yesterday, I went outside to check my mail and the neighbor’s dog broke its chain and attacked me I had to go to the emergency room and had four deep lacerations in my arm. The neighbor said he already put the dog down but I was wondering if I could sue him for the time I have to miss of work since I can barely use my arm.
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Absolutely. If you are injured in an unprovoked attack by a domesticated animal, the owner is responsible for the reasonable charges for all necessary services, plus all other foreseeable damages.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
DeVore, Acton & Stafford | Fred W. DeVore, III
If your neighbor's dog causes you injury, as a general rule, you have the right to recover your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other losses. In some cases, it is required that the owner of the dog know its propensity for aggressiveness. fred
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
It appears that you would have a cause of action against the owner of the dog for your injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, scarring and disfigurement, any medical complications such as infection from the wounds, pain & suffering and loss of enjoyment of life pleasures. You should retain counsel to discuss your incident further.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
You have a clear negligence suit since the chain should not have broken. Perhaps his homeowners insurance will cover the incident, but certain more infamous breeds are not insured. You are entitled to the total cost of your medical bills [you may have to pay them back so you are entitled to get them from the neighbor after all you pay the premiums for the medical coverage and someone else should not profit on that]. A demand letter to the neighbor may be sufficient for reimbursement. You are also entitled to something for pain and suffering.
Answer Applies to: California
Ellis & Abouelsood | John Danelon
Most likely yes, you would be able to sue for injuries and lost wages, but it is best to discuss the exact details with a law firm which offers free consultations. John P. Danelon NOTICE: Information contained in this transmission to the named addressee is proprietary information and is subject to attorney-client privilege and work product confidentiality. If the recipient of this transmission is not the named addressee, the recipient should immediately notify the sender and destroy the information transmitted without making any copy or distribution thereof. NOTICE: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (a) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code; or (b) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or tax-related matter addressed herein.
Answer Applies to: California
Lewis B. Kaplan | Lewis B. Kaplan
This answer is applicable to an Illinois "dog bite" claim. The claim is covered by the liability coverage of your neighbors homeowner's or renter's insurance. I advise you to meet with a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss claim further.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
You certainly can. His insurance will pick up the tab, so it will cost him nothing. It is up to you to decide whether it's worthwhile to run the risk of bad neighbor relations. You can make your lawyer the bad guy, if he asks you, just say "I sure wouldn't be making a claim if it were going to cost you anything, my lawyer assured me that it would all come out of the insurance company". Do NOT try this on your own, you NEED a lawyer for this, the insurance company will not take you seriously without one.
Answer Applies to: New York
Utah Injury Lawyer | Will Rodgers
Yes, you do have a legal claim for the injuries you sustained by being bitten by your neighbor's dog. In Utah, UCA 18-1-1 basically says that if a person's dog bites you the dog's owner is liable in injury for damages. The claim is submitted to the insurance company that insures your neighbor's home. Contact an injury lawyer to help you.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
Absolutely. In Florida, we have strict liability for dog bites. An owner of a dog is strictly liable for any injuries their dog causes if it bites someone else, so demand that the homeowner give you their homeowners insurance information. They are required by Section 627.4137, Florida Statutes, to provide you with that information within 30 days. In the meantime, start getting your evidence together, like your ER bills, documentation from your employer on your wages and proof that you missed time from work, and TAKE PICTURES OF THE BITE MARKS. That way, you'll have evidence to present to the insurance adjuster.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Padove Law | Burton A. Padove
Possibly. there are a number of factors involved in making that determination and one of those factors may depend on whether your local municipality has a dog ordinance regarding dog behavior. Contact an attorney who handles dog bite cases.
Answer Applies to: Indiana