A young boy was attacked by his neighbor’s Pitbull mix when he was riding his bicycle a few weeks ago. The saying goes that “every dog gets one bite,” but the dog had been seen chasing children just three days prior to the incident. As a result, the dog was picked up and held in quarantine. This scenario sparks questions regarding what can be done legally when an incident like this one occurs.
Alabama lawmakers address these situations in Title 3 of the Code of Alabama. In summary, a person may be liable for damages if carless management of that animal results in an injury or if the dog bites without provocation. The code allows for mitigation by the owner; however, if the owner knows the dog is rabid at the time of the accident, the owner may be responsible for twice the amount of damages.
HOW THE MAXWELL FIRM CAN HELP
Dog bite injuries may occur more often than one would think, and such cases require significant trial experience in personal injury suits. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has the seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively pursue such cases.
In a personal injury case, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through settlement or take it to trial. As that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous clients take back their lives and embark on the healing process that leads to recovery.
McLamb, Dog Attacks 7-Year-Old in Boaz, http://www.wsfa.com/story/34450870/dog-attacks-7-year-old-in-boaz (Feb 7, 2017)
Ala. Code 1975 § 3-1-1 - 6; § 3-6-1 - 4; § 3-7A-9