Dogs are a big part of the lives of those who live in Coeur d’Alene, and most of the time they don’t pose a danger. However, sometimes things go wrong. A dog feels threatened or gets overprotective of their owner and bites someone. Dog bites can be painful and cause as much mental pain as they cause physical pain
Dog Bite Liability in Idaho
Idaho enforces the “one bite rule” which means that before someone collects compensation from a dog bite injury, they need to prove that the owner was negligent, and to do that, they need to show the owner was aware that his or her dog was likely to bite someone.
It is called the one-bite rule because if a dog had bitten before, then it might be likely to bite again. Even if the dog hadn’t bitten before, it is still possible to prove that the owner knew the dog was dangerous and might be likely to bite.
Most people who have a home and a dog have homeowner’s insurance witch typically covers a dog bite. Some policies might limit the damages in both type and amount, and they might have a deductible for the homeowner. If there is no insurance, then getting compensation is a bit more difficult if the owner doesn’t have the money.
Places Where Dogs Bite
Dogs are everywhere, so a dog bite can happen anywhere. The place where the bite took place can make a difference in your claim. If the place was a public place, the owner has a duty to keep a dangerous dog from biting people. However, if you are in the owner’s yard without permission, then you might have provoked the dog and would have difficulty making the claim, even if the owner knew it was dangerous.
Some situations where dog bites are common:
- Friend or relative’s home
- Delivery driver
- Children bitten by dogs
- Non-Bite Knockover
- Dog parks
- Public parks
- Street sidewalks
- Public gatherings
- Own home by an uninvited dog or invited dog
Damages in a Dog Bite Case
When a person is bitten by a dog and sustains a physical injury, the law allows him or her to collect monetary damages from the negligent owner. Damages can be anything that caused a financial loss as a result of the bite, or it can be compensation for things like anguish or suffering.
Under Idaho personal injury law, a victim of a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence or fault is allowed to recoup financial compensation for their injuries. Many of these are obvious like medical bills, but the law allows for just about any losses that can have a monetary value assigned.
Some of these damages are:
- Medical bills
- Lost time from work
- Permanent disability
- Transportation to treatment
- Job retraining (if you can’t do your old job)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of Consortium (physical intimacy)
- Mental anguish, including PTSD
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney Today
If you’ve been bitten by a dog and have suffered a serious injury, you might wonder if you need an attorney. The answer is most likely yes. The law surrounding a dog bite can be tricky as there are rules to follow and deadlines to meet. Also, an experienced attorney knows where to look for sources of compensation should you settle or win in court.
Talk to the knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., to help you figure out the next best steps. We serve clients in Coeur d’Alene and surrounding communities and can go toe-to-toe with the insurance companies and their lawyers to get you fair compensation for your injuries. Call us at (509) 926 4900, or send us a message by clicking here.