A Pit Bull Lawyer Discusses Pit Bull Attacks
Another kind of personal injury case is for injuries arising out of a Pit Bull dog bite. Most states make it unlawful for the owner of a dog to fail to keep it either confined within the owner’s premises or firmly secured by means of a collar and chain. A violation of such a law resulting in a dog bite is strong evidence of negligence. If you were bitten as a result of such a violation, it is likely that you can successfully pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog. In most cases, homeowners’ insurance will cover such a claim.
One Free Bite Rule
Some states have what is known as a one free bite rule. This means that, under ordinary circumstances, the dog owner would not be responsible for the dog’s first bite. You would have to prove that the dog had previously bitten another person or, at the very least, shown vicious propensities through fierce behavior in order to prevail in a dog bite case.
In other states, the one free bite rule has been abolished. The plaintiff is no longer required to prove that the dog showed vicious propensities prior to the attack. Essentially, you would simply have to prove that the dog owner was careless in confining or handling the dog and that this led to the attack.
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