The neighbor’s dog was a bit too hungry and chomped a little of your arm? The cute dog in the park didn’t like you leaning in for a pet on the head? Studies and reports indicate that every year, nationwide, dogs attack and injure almost 5 million people. Statistics I have seen indicate that there are hundreds of deaths annually. I love dogs, but I wonder if they all deserve the “man’s best friend” distinction.
When I was six, I went outside of my house and some teenage boys were riding their bikes down the street. Some dogs were chasing them. One of the dogs ran over me. I wasn’t physically injured, but thereafter I had a fear of dogs for years. The effect of dogs attacking can be highly traumatic in many ways.
Dog laws vary from state to state, and even from locality to locality within a state. Your rights when you have been bitten, however, generally involve a few key facts. The analysis of these facts will either support or lessen the strength of a claim you might want to make.