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When a Dog Bites

Dog bites are a common problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4 ½ million people per year suffer dog bites, with 885,000 – half of them children – requiring medical attention and 27,000 requiring reconstructive surgery. Dogs are also commonly responsible for injuries to property, including […]


Question: I got bit by a dog. Can I sue the owner? (Or: My dog bit someone. Am I legally liable?) Answer: Quite possibly – though there are exceptions to the rule. The majority of states have laws known as “dog-bite statutes” that hold the owner of a dog strictly liable for their pet biting someone, unless special circumstances […]