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Can You Sue for a Minor Dog Bite?

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If you were bitten by a dog and suffered injuries, the owner will most likely be liable and will need to compensate you for any damages caused by the dog bite accident. But what happens when the dog causes minor injuries? Find out if you can still find a claim below.

Can I File a Claim After a Minor Dog Bite?

In more severe dog bite cases, significant damages are recoverable and can help with the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and any personal property damage that might have occurred. Therefore, it may be more difficult to file a claim after a minor dog bite accident; however, it can be done.

While a person’s physical dog bite injuries might be minor, a dog bite attack can be traumatic, no matter how severe the injuries are, you may be able to file a claim for suffering emotional distress, even with minor injuries.

Below are common types of minor dog bites:

  • Level 1 – the most minor type of dog bite that generally involves aggressive behavior such as growling, barking, and jumping on the victim to scare or startle them
  • Level 2 – still on the minor side of the dog bite scale, there is a mark left by the dog bite, but the skin isn’t punctured
  • Level 3 – moderate dog bites that involve slightly punctured skin and mildly aggressive behavior from the animal

What Should I Do After a Dog Bite?

After a dog bite, it is best to take pictures of your injuries and go to the doctor. Having a clear record of your injuries (while minor) can still help you create a solid personal injury case. Then, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if you have a valid case. Our team at Daspit Law Firm can review your situation and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Houston personal injury attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a consultation!

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