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Dog Bites Happen More Often Than You Think

Domesticated animals are responsible for hundreds of injuries across Minnesota each year. Many of these attacks involve dogs. While most dogs are safe and friendly pets that wouldn’t harm a soul, a small percentage are capable of severe — and sometimes unpredictable — viciousness.

Sadly, the victims of these attacks are often children. They are left facing an unimaginably difficult road of lengthy hospital stays, surgery after surgery, ongoing rehabilitation, and lasting physical and emotional scars.

Pursuing Accountability For Dog Bites

Minnesota law recognizes that dog owners should be held responsible when these attacks occur, regardless of whether the dog showed any dangerous tendencies before the bite happened. So long as the attack wasn’t provoked, and the victim wasn’t trespassing, the victim can pursue full compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.

At Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., a Twin Cities-based personal injury firm, we understand the heartbreaking nature of dog bites. You shouldn’t have to suffer a lifetime of consequences because of a single encounter with a dog that turned out to be dangerous. While you can’t change what happened, you can lay the foundation for a better future. Our lawyers will help you seek the financial recovery you need for the highest possible quality of life.

Other Animal Attacks

Dogs aren’t the only animals that attack humans. Serious injuries can also result from aggression involving:

  • Horses
  • Cats
  • Ferrets
  • Wild or exotic animals kept as pets

In these cases, you may be entitled to compensation if the owner was negligent in some way — for example, by failing to restrain the animal. You likely won’t have to prove negligence if the owner kept a wild animal.

Get Specific Guidance On Your Situation

As you can see, animal attack cases involve different legal standards depending on the animal and circumstances involved. Speak with an attorney at our firm about your options. Call 612-444-5604 to request an initial consultation — free of charge.