What Can You Expect From a Dog Bite Investigation?
In a perfect world, no dog owner would need to know what to expect during a dog bite investigation. However, unfortunately dog bites can and do happen, in even the most unsuspecting situations. Let’s say you are one of these owners whose dog has bitten or injured someone who reports the incident. Keep in mind that if their bite is treated by a medical professional, it’s very likely that the healthcare provider will report the bite to local authorities. The first question on your mind at that point will likely be, “what now?”
Ideally, the first part of a dog bite investigation will be pretty generic; the investigating party will ask for the address where the attack happened, a description of the dog, name and address of the owner of the dog and the person who had custody of the dog at the time of the attack if not the same person. This type of investigation, however, usually involves some degree of emotional stress and tension, ultimately resulting in a less-than-friendly investigation.
When stakes are high in a dog bite case, an attorney or even a private investigator may, or must, be involved in the investigation. They are tasked with not only figuring out the ownership and custody of the dog, but any outside factors that may have contributed to the attack; was there negligence from a third-party such as a landlord or a store owner where the dog was at the time? Also, you may be asked information regarding your dog’s previous history of aggression toward people. These details must carefully be flushed out as any errors could cost time, money, effort and emotions.
Another factor to keep in mind during your case is whether or not you’re in a one-bite state. A one-bite state is that in which holds a legal doctrine that will determine whether the owner of a domestic animal, such as a dog, can actually be held legally liability for injuries caused by that animal.
Nobody wants to be in this position; as a dog owner though it’s vital to understand that you may very well face a scenario like this someday. Remaining well informed and calm as you are able to during an investigation may help to relieve some of the stress of a case such as this.
In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.