The American Veterinary Medical Association says that 52% of Montana homes have at least 1 pet dog. According to this source, these pets live longer in Montana as well. People love their dogs. Dogs easily become part of the family, best friends, and companions, but not all dogs are pleasant, and not every interaction with dogs is positive. Sometimes, dogs become protective, afraid, confused, or just plain mean.
More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Dog bites can range from very mild to extremely painful and infections. Dog bites can puncture veins, reach through to nerves and damage muscles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that about 1 in 5 dog bites require medical attention and about 28 people are killed from dog bites each year.
Dog bite laws are pretty clear about dog bites and who is liable for damages. But the laws vary depending on circumstances. For example, if a dog bites without provocation, the owner of the dog can be held responsible – even if the bite happened on the dog owner’s property. It doesn’t matter if the dog has ever displayed signs of aggression or viciousness, the owner will be held liable.
However, the owner of the dog can be defended by a couple of circumstances.
Immediate Steps To Take After A Dog Bite
If you are bitten by a dog in Bozeman or in Montana, there are a few things that you need to do if you plan to file a lawsuit.
Don’t assume that any attorney is going to be skilled and experienced in dog bite laws and how to handle a lawsuit of this nature. In Bozeman and the surrounding areas, Tourtlotte Law Firm has experience in dealing with different dog bite cases and has found success in many situations. Don’t try dealing with a dog bite lawsuit on your own. Dog bites can be complicated and you may have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner. If that is the case, you need an experienced attorney to help you. Contact Tourtlotte Law Firm today!