IF A DOG BITES A PERSON
IS THE OWNER LIABLE?
IS THE OWNER LIABLE FOR THE INJURED PERSON’S DOCTOR’S BILLS?
In general, the answer to this question is yes. An owner of a dog, or any animal for that matter, may be held liable for the injuries the animal causes to others. However, the ease with which a plaintiff can win a “dog-bite” lawsuit differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction depending on the legal theory of recovery available in the plaintiff’s location.
Some jurisdictions require the plaintiff to show that the animal owner knew, or should have known, that the animal was inclined to attack or bite. In other jurisdictions, the plaintiff may only need to show negligence on the part of the owner.