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If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog in Minnesota, you can take comfort in the fact that Minnesota dog bite law is one of the most favorable to dog bite victims. It covers bites and other injuries, applies not only to the owner of the attacking dog but also the person who harbors or keeps the dog, and is not subject to the defense of comparative negligence.
Minn. Statutes Annotated, Section 347.22: Damages, owner liable.
If a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be, the owner of the dog is liable in damages to the person so attacked or injured to the full amount of the injury sustained. The term "owner" includes any person harboring or keeping a dog but the owner shall be primarily liable. The term "dog" includes both male and female of the canine species.
This basically means that without consideration of the condition (with the exception of cases where it can be clearly shown that the victim of the dog bite provoked the dog in some way) if you have been bitten by a dog, the owner of that dog is liable for your injuries. The damages you are eligible to recover include, but are not limited to:
The most important step is to have a conversation with an experienced Minnesota dog bite lawyer who can provide insight to your case and make you aware of your options for pursuing recovery. The dog bite injury lawyers at Schroeder and Mandel, P.A. in White Bear Lake, Minnesota offer a free initial consultation, either in our office, on the phone, at your home or in the hospital if necessary.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, you should understand your options. For a free consultation, in our office, over the phone, or at a location convenient to you, call 877-426-8740 or click here to contact us via email.