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Dog Bite FAQs

husky showing his teeth Dog bites can happen to anyone in multiple situations and can be quite trying to all involved.  Whether you are a victim or the owner of a dog, you will probably have a lot of questions.  The following is a list of frequently asked questions for dog bites.

What is the time frame for filing a dog bite claim?

The time frame changes depending on which state you are filing a claim within.  In Utah, you have four years from the date of the attack to file a legal claim that you had sustained major injuries from a dog bite.  This time frame of filing a claim is known as a statue of limitations and it can change based on congressional approval.

Are there certain breeds that always bite?

There are several breeds that are considered to bite harder and more frequently than other breeds; however, this comment is largely debated due to the fact most dog bites happen due to provocation of the dog then the dog trying to actually be vicious. There is no specific scientific findings, however,  bull dogs and pit bulls are seen to be more vicious than other dogs, especially golden retrievers or black labs.

Will the dog always be put to sleep if I file?

The dog will be put to sleep depending on how hard the dog bit, and how serious the injuries were that were sustained. The best indicator of whether the dog will be put to sleep depends on the amount of viciousness shown on behalf of the dog, and whether the dog is a repeat offender or not. If the dog has killed a child or seriously injured them, the state will put the dog to sleep. Sometimes the dog and the owner are simply put on a violation report.

How can I protect my children from vicious dogs?

One of the best ways to protect your children from vicious dogs is to educate and teach them how to be aware of the signs they are putting off. Children need to understand dogs are thinking animals too and they do not like to be hit or kicked or bothered too closely in the face.  Teach your children to not grab the dog by the face and to pay attention to their sounds and other body language that might suggest the dog is upset.  Most of all, supervise your children while they play with dogs so that you can monitor the dog’s and the child’d behavior.

How do I know if I should seek compensation?

Generally you should seek legal counsel if you have been seriously injured from a dog bite and scarring has occurred.  If you have lost a considerable amount of quality to your life you may need to consider finding legal counsel. Do not think that just because you are filing a legal claim that you are set to ruin the dog’s and their owner’s life. Call Christensen & Hymas for a free confidential consultation. You may arrange an appointment by calling 801-506-0800.

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