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Injury by a dog

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Updated: 4/13/2007 6:36 pm
If you're injured by a dog, particularly by a dog bite, you should immediately seek medical attention. Because the dog may be a disease carrier, it's important to identify the dog that caused the injury and to report the matter to the police or animal control authorities. If possible, you should make sure you obtain the name, address, and telephone number of the dog's owner. Dog owners are responsible for any damage or injury caused by their pets. If you're bitten or injured by a dog, you can sue for damages, including medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. In rare cases, dog injuries can be fatal, particularly to small children, and the dog's owner can be sued by the victim's family for wrongful death. Many dog owners carry special insurance to protect themselves from such an event. However, even if the dog owner doesn't carry insurance, he or she is still liable under the law. In many bite cases, the dog will be impounded to ensure that it's not a disease carrier. If the animal has a history of biting or injuring people, the animal control authorities may have it destroyed.
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