Dogs are a man’s best friend right? Well, sometimes, some dogs cannot be controlled and end up hurting another person, even their own owners. While most dogs do not act aggressively when trained adequately, some dogs just snap for unknown reasons. Well, in the end of the day, they are animals. Many people may be unaware that someone who does not own the dog might be just as responsible as the owner of the dog, but in most cases, it will always be the owner of the dog that will be found guilty of negligence. Another person had control and was taking care of the dog:
- The owner of the dog is a minor (less than 18)
- The fact that the dog was aggressive was known by the landlord, yet he did not do anything about it or told the owner of the dog anything
- The dog was found on the premises of another person’s home and the person acted negligently in removing the dog from the premises
A dog attack can leave extensive damage to the victim. In fact, there have been many cases where a dog attack led to the wrongful death of the victim, especially in children. If a dog attack left the victim with severe injuries and may have even been the cause of their death, the Percy Martinez Law Firm lawyers for dog bites will work alongside their client to hold the liable party accountable for the actions of the animal that caused damages.
Who Owns and is Caring For the Dog At the Time of the Attack?
Minors: The parents of the dog’s owner who is under the age of 18 might be legally liable if their dog attacks and injures a person.
Keepers: A keeper is someone considered to be caring for, controlling, or in custody of the dog. Meaning they give refuge to, they shelter or lodge the dog. For example, a groomer, an animal shelter, or a friend caring for the dog of a friend during their vacation, are some examples of keepers.
Owners: A dog may have more than one owner, meaning that more than one individual may be held liable for their dog’s actions.
Family members: In the case where a child is attacked by a family dog, they cannot sue their parents for not maintaining their safety. This is under the “parental immunity” doctrine.
Employer: Whether the employer can be held liable or not depends on the laws of the state.
Each state has their different rules and laws that apply to the person who is either keeping the dog, owns the dog, and the age of the person who has the dog.
Percy Martinez Dog bite attorneys will hold the negligent part accountable for the victim’s damages that came from the attack of a dog that was negligently controlled by their owner.