Whenever an animal attacks someone due to the negligence of a pet owner, the animal’s owner is responsible for any bills and damage – approximately one out of every six dog bites requires a doctor’s attention. Medical bills relating to a dog bite can be expensive, and as an innocent person, you should never have to foot that bill yourself.
It is important, however, to realize that many dog owners are defensive of their pets and their pets’ behavior. The owner may try to blame you for provoking the dog and causing the dog bite to happen in the first place.
Children tend to be attacked more often than adults. Children’s natural curiosity can blind them from seeing dangerous behavior coming from a dog. Playfulness can get a child too close to the dog, leading to a small nip or an aggressive bite. Some dogs are predatory by nature and some breeds are more aggressive than others – combine the genetic disposition of a dog with an owner that may not be treating the dog correctly could lead to disaster. Even the nicest neighborhood dog can easily attack someone without warning.