Archive for Dog Bite

Determining a Good Dog Bite Case

dog biteIn Rhode Island, dog bite cases are really broken down into two different categories. One is when a person is bit by a dog off the owner’s property. The other is when the dog bite occurs technically which is called within the enclosure of the owner’s property. In the first case, if you’re ever bitten or attacked by a dog or any animal in a public street, on a sidewalk, off of someone’s property, that’s strict liability in Rhode Island which means it’s really gonna be a matter of how much your case is worth as opposed to proving that the owner is at fault. Even if you’re bit by a dog or attacked by an animal on an owner’s property, they can still be liable but in Rhode Island, we have one-bite rule which means basically the owner’s dog gets one free bite or one free scratching incident. So, if the dog had no prior history then there may not be a liability but again, it needs to be investigated because the dog had been deemed vicious of if there had been another dog attack which the owner doesn’t disclose, we can find that out for you.

This informational blog post was provided by Mark A. Fay, an experienced Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer.

What Should I Do if I Get Bit by a Dog in Rhode Island?

dog-bite-5-902x1024If you’re ever bit by a dog, the first thing you should try to do is find out, if you can, who the owner of the dog is. If you can’t do that, just make a note of where the incident occurred and if possible, you should notify the local police and the local dog officer. If you’re unable to do this and you’re involved in a dog attack, contact my office and we have the personnel to notify all these agencies to make sure that there’s a record that it occurred and can stop the claim process for you.

This informational blog post was brought to you by Mark A. Fay, an experienced Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer.

Can Someone Other Than the Owner be Responsible for a Dog Bite Attack in Rhode Island?

dog-bite-2-1024x682In dog bite cases, it’s important that all potential parties are named in the lawsuit or in a claim. These parties would include not only the person that owns the dog, but can also conceivably include a landlord if the dog bite occurred on a rental property, or a different owner of the property other than the owner of the dog. So it’s very important that if you’re involved in a dog bite, you come to Murphy and Fay. We’ll sit down and discuss this with you and find out all the appropriate parties that should be named. In many cases, it’s not just the person that owns the dog.

This informational blog post was brought to you by Mark A. Fay, an experienced Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer.