Many people have heard the adage with respect to dog bites that every dog gets “one free bite.” By that, you are meant to believe that any dog can bite once without consequences, and it is only after the dog demonstrates a repeated pattern of dangerousness that it will have to be put down. That logic is faulty for a variety of reasons.
First, even seemingly docile dog breeds can produce individual dogs that bite humans or other dogs. Rottweilers and Pitt Bulls, although long stereotyped as inherently vicious dogs, are certainly not the only breeds that can wreak havoc on passers-by.
Secondly, just because a dog has not injured a person before does not automatically mean it is not a dangerous dog. If the owners abuse the dog, or if they know the dog is dangerous and fail to secure it safely, one bite might be all it takes to warrant euthanasia.
If you are the victim of a dog attack, seek medical treatment immediately. If the owners already knew their dog was a threat to others’ safety, they may be held liable for your injuries if your state’s laws allow you to sue them.
If you believe you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you explore your options.