Dog Attack Injuries

What Should I Do After a Dog Attack/Bite?

While there are multiple different ways that a dog attack can happen, one thing is for sure, they can be deadly. Big or small, a dog bite can cause extreme blood loss, infection, or even death if not treated properly and quickly. There are several legal hoops to jump through when in comes to dog bite injuries in Utah and Nevada, so consider hiring 435 Injured if this accident happens to you.

Utah’s law around dog bites is considered a strict liability law meaning the that the defendant is held liable if a certain event occurs, regardless of whether the defendant could have done anything to prevent the event.

Exceptions: The law does create an exception to liability for trained law enforcement dogs who are “reasonably and carefully being used in the apprehension, arrest, or location of a suspected offender or in maintaining or controlling the public order.”

When a Utah dog bite or other dog-related injury case is based in negligence, however, a dog owner may raise one or more defenses. For instance, the dog’s owner may argue that the injured person was partly or totally responsible for the injuries. This is called “comparative negligence,” and the argument may arise that the injured person was provoking the dog at the time of the injury.

Utah is a “modified” comparative negligence state. If the injured person is found to be less than 50 percent at fault, Utah law requires the court to reduce the injured person’s total damages award by a percentage equal to his or her fault. If the injured person is found to be 50 percent or more at fault, however, he or she is barred from collecting any damages at all from any other at-fault party.

If the injured person was trespassing at the time of the injury, a dog owner may also be able to argue that limits on homeowner liability for trespasser injuries apply to the case.

What To Do If You Think You Have A Dog Attack Injury Case?

Seek medical attention immediately.

Follow your doctor’s instructions on wound cleaning.

Report accidents to local animal control.

Identify witnesses and document wounds and dogs.

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