Dog Bite Attorneys
Our dog bite attorneys and lawyers will fight to obtain the highest possible settlement to fairly compensate you for injuries due to a dog bite injury. Dog owners are responsible to keep their dogs under control and to prevent their dogs from biting people. We are aggressive, experienced and trusted attorneys in the Idaho Falls and Pocatello area seeking to help dog bite victims gain a fair settlement. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation.
Liability for Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites pierce the skin and can leave permanent scars and disfigurement. Many bites happen on visible places like the face, hands or arms and can cause embarrassment and humiliation to the dog bite victim. Dogs often attack children and those children suffer mental and emotional trauma following the attack. Our dog bite attorneys will ensure that dog owners are held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by their negligence in failing to prevent their dogs from biting innocent victims. We want to see you receive a fair settlement. Call our Pocatello law office today at (208) 232-7274 or our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467.
Idaho Dog Bite Injury Laws
Idaho dog bite injury laws come from an Idaho state dog bite statute, the common law, and city dog bite ordinances. In the state of Idaho, a dog owner is held liable under the law to ensure their dog is kept under control. If a dog injures a person, the dog owner will be held responsible.
No “One Free Bite” for Dogs in Idaho
“Every dog gets one free bite before its owner can be held to be negligent for failing to control the dog.” The Idaho Supreme Court characterized the foregoing statement as “fallacious,” or false, and noted that a dog owner’s dog does not have a license to bite anyone once before liability is imposed. Sharp v. W.H. Moore, Inc.
Pit Bull Owners Are Liable for Dog Bite Injuries
Pit bulls are considered vicious by law in some Idaho counties and cities. Meaning, an owner of a pit bull will be liable for injuries caused by the pit bull without any prior knowledge of the dog’s tendencies to injure a person.
Idaho State Dog Bite Statute
The Idaho dog bite statute is found under Idaho Code § 25-2810 and provides that a dog owner is liable for the injuries caused by the owner’s dog when the dog physically attacks, wounds, bites or otherwise injures any person who is not trespassing, so long as the dog is not physically provoked.
Southeast Idaho Dog Bite Injury Ordinances
If you or your child has suffered injuries due to a dog bite, the following are links to dog bite injury laws in some of the counties and cities in Southeast Idaho:
Dog Bite Laws in Ammon
Dog Bite Laws in Blackfoot
Dog Bite Laws in Chubbuck
Dog Bite Laws in Idaho Falls
Dog Bite Laws in Pocatello
Dog Bite Laws in Rexburg
Dog Bite Laws in Rigby
Dog Bite Laws in Bonneville County
Dog Bite Laws in Bannock County
Idaho Dog Bite Court Opinions
Idaho courts have also addressed dog bite injury laws. The following are questions about dog bite injuries answered by the Idaho courts:
Dog bite liability: Strict Liability or Negligence? Boswell v. Steele II examines whether a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries caused when the owner’s dog bites a person.
Is a Landlord Liable for Injuries Caused by Tenant’s Dog? Bright v. Maznik examines a landlord’s liability for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog.
Does a Dog Get One Free Bite in Idaho? Boswell v. Steele I examines whether a dog had vicious tendencies the dog owner knew about that would make a dog owner liable for dog bite injuries.
Is a Store Owner Liable for a Customer’s Dog? Braese v. Stinker Stores examines whether a store owner who permitted customers to bring their dogs into the store is liable for injuries caused by the dog.
Is a dog considered vicious when it bites or attacks a person? State v. Harmon examines whether a dog is considered vicious under a city ordinance.
What does it mean to “harbor” a vicious dog? State v. Pepper examines whether a dog owner harbors a vicious dog.
When is a dog bite “provoked?” Boots v. Winters examines when a dog is considered provoked before biting a person.
What liability follows owners of an “at-large” dog that cause injuries? Degraff v. Wight examines the standards to assess liability for injuries caused by dog bites for a dog that is at-large.
What penalty is imposed for shooting another person’s dog? State v. Joy examines the sentencing of a person who shot someone else’s dog.
How to Protect Your Kids from Dog Bite Injuries
Protect your kids from dog bites by teaching precautions around dogs. As the weather gets warmer more dogs will be outside. It is important to teach your kids safety precautions around dogs to avoid a dog bite. An estimated 4 million dog bites occur yearly. Of these nearly 800,000 end up in the hospital with injuries. Nearly half of these are children. Had these kids been properly educated, these dog bite injuries may have been prevented.
School-age children are old enough to understand basic principles that could help to avoid a dog bite. Consider teaching the following.
- When a dog approaches you, do not run away. Running will only make the dog’s natural instincts want to chase you.
- Let a dog sniff you before you pet it.
- Do not scream or run from a dog.
- Avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs.
- Do not play with a dog without an adult around.
- If a dog is eating, sleeping or tending to puppies, leave the dog alone.
Common Reasons Why a Dog Bites
There are several reasons a dog could bite. A pet owner is liable for the actions of their dog, especially after a dog bite. It is important for dog owners to understand dogs are pack animals. Much of a dog’s behavior is based on pack instincts. Before introducing a dog to an area with young children, pet owner’s need to understand this concept.
A few common reasons for a dog to bite include the dog feeling:
- Views a child as prey
Most dog bite injuries are from dogs that are familiar with the child.
If My Dog Bites a Trespasser am I Liable for Injuries?
For many dog owners, their dog is part of the family and also provides security to the home and family members. But what if your dog bites a trespasser? Are you still liable? Depending on the dog bite laws in your state, you could be liable for all injuries, medical bills and other losses stemming from a dog bite even if the person was trespassing on your property. As a dog owner, it is important to know and understand the dog bite laws in your state and how you can protect yourself in case your dog bites someone.
Some states offer the “one free bite” rule. Meaning, if it was the first time the dog bit someone, the owner would not be held liable. However, the Idaho Supreme Court characterized the “one free bite” rule as “fallacious,” or false. All dog owners in the state of Idaho will be held responsible if their dog bites someone regardless of whether the person was trespassing on private property. It is the responsibility of all dog owners to control their dog or dogs so no one is injured.
Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in Southeast Idaho
Call the lawyers specializing in dog bites at Brent Gordon Law now for a free consultation at (208) 552-0467 in Idaho Falls or our Pocatello office at (208) 232-7274. We will fight for you or your child to get fair compensation from a negligent dog owner. Call now for a free consultation.
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Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelly and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 477 Shoup Ave, Suite 101 Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Phone:(208) 552-0467
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Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274
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