Dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite is never a pleasant process. Victims may face significant injuries requiring extensive medical treatment. They also may incur substantial financial losses as a result of medical costs and time lost from work. Fortunately, victims can often pursue compensation from the parties liable for the attack. In some cases, that may include the landlord where the dog was residing at the time of the incident.
6 Situations Where a Landlord May be Liable for a Dog Bite Attack
When might the landlord be responsible for injuries caused by a dog bite attack? The following are six examples:
- The landlord was taking care of the dog at the time of the attack.
- The landlord failed to repair a gate or a fence on the property, resulting in the attack.
- Even if the attack occurred off the property, a landlord can be held liable for an attack if the dog escaped from the property as a result of the landlord’s negligence.
- The landlord owned commercial property and had actual or constructive knowledge that a dog on the premises was vicious prior to the attack.
- The landlord owned commercial property, had actual or constructive knowledge that a dog on the premises was dangerous, and had the opportunity to remove the dog from the property prior to the attack occurring.
- The landlord owned commercial property and failed to inspect the premises during the term of tenancy. Landlords of residential property do not have this same duty to inspect the premises during the term of the lease, because tenants are entitled to use and enjoy the property without interference from the landlord.
After a dog bite attack, it is crucial to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. We encourage you to contact us today at 1-800-350-8888 to schedule a free consultation.