Understanding Your Rights If You Are Injured in a Dog Attack

Getting attacked by a dog can be a scary and traumatizing experience. If you are bitten by a dog, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney as Alabama has several statutes regarding dog owner liability.

At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., our attorneys can help you understand your rights after a dog bite. We can help you obtain compensation for your injuries, including money to pay for your pain and suffering. If you were attacked by a dog and sustained harm, contact our office at (251) 432-6691 to get a free consultation. 

What Are Alabama’s Dog Bite Laws?

Alabama is unique in that it has both a strict liability statute and a “one bite rule” when it comes to dog bites. Several things can affect your case, including whether the dog owner is liable. For instance, your right to compensation may be affected by whether the owner knew that the dog had vicious propensities or whether the attack occurred on the owner’s property.

Regardless of the situation, it is always in your best interest to consult with an experienced dog bite attorney. The laws regarding dog owner liability can be complicated and require an in-depth understanding of the Code of Alabama. If you were attacked by a dog, do not wait until it is too late. Call an attorney immediately to determine your legal options. 

What Is the One Bite Rule?

The “One Bite Rule,” codified in the Code of Alabama 3-1-3 imposes liability on someone who “owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal of any kind” if that animal causes injury to another person. 

In turn, it means that someone may not be held liable if they did not know that the animal was vicious in nature. A dog bite victim must show that the owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous. In essence, a dog is allowed one free bite. If the dog has previously bitten someone or done something to show it may be capable of causing injury, then the owner could face liability.

What Is Strict Liability?

Strict liability, on the other hand, says that an owner may be held liable regardless of whether they knew or should have known that the animal was dangerous. According to the Code of Alabama Section 3-6-1, a dog owner may be held liable if a dog bites a person on property owned or controlled by the dog owner. 

Strict liability may also be imposed where the victim was legally on the property, and the dog chases them from the area resulting in injury. It is important to note that damages may be limited in cases where the owner had no reason to believe that the dog was vicious, dangerous, or mischievous. 

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If you are attacked by a dog in Alabama, contact our office at (251) 432-6691 to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers can help you understand who may be held legally responsible for your injuries and whether you have a valid claim for damages. Call now to get started.