According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for over one-third of all homeowners' liability claim dollars paid out in 2021, costing $881 million. An analysis of homeowners’ insurance data by the III found the number of dog bite claims nationwide increased to 17,989, compared to 17,567 in 2020, or a 2.2 percent increase.
Experiencing a dog bite can be a frightening and painful ordeal, but it is important for people to take immediate action to protect their medical and legal interests. Here are six tips for dog bite victims:
Remember, time is of the essence, so it's important to take action promptly. You can find additional tips and resources on protecting your dog bite recovery on our website, and we are available for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your specific situation.
The Montana state dog bite law is found under Montana Code § 27-1-715, which provides that if a dog bites a person without provocation while the person is in a public place or lawfully on private property (including the dog owner's property), the dog owner is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten. This liability applies regardless of whether the dog had a history of being vicious or if the owner was aware of the dog's viciousness.
Additionally, the law states that a person is considered to be lawfully on the owner's private property if they are on the property as part of their legal duties, such as performing a duty required by state or federal laws or postal regulations. They are also considered lawfully on the property if they are invited or permitted to be there by the person who possesses or owns the property.
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If you have suffered injuries because of a dog bite, there is a good chance that you are entitled to compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation with a dog bite attorney in New Orleans, call our office today or contact us online.