Minor Dog Bite Lawsuit

Can I Sue for Minor Dog Bite?

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Can I Sue for Minor Dog Bite?

Even minor dog bites can have unexpected and costly consequences for the victim. In some cases, individuals think that a small dog bite is no big deal, only to go on and develop an infection or require expensive and painful rabies prevention therapy. Even with the tiniest bite or scratch, bacteria from the dog's mouth can enter the body and cause a potentially severe and life-threatening infection such as tetanus, rabies, or sepsis. 

Victims may not only experience pain and inconvenience due to a minor dog bite but could be saddled with considerable medical expenses and other costs. Do not let this happen to you. While the dog owner is usually liable and should pay for your damages, getting what you truly deserve can be tricky. 

Morgan & Morgan knows the impact of dog bites on victims. A minor dog bite lawsuit could allow you to seek damages such as healthcare costs, property damage, pain and anguish, and others. Contact us today to determine whether you have a case against an irresponsible dog owner. 

Your Next Best Steps After a Dog Attack

Even in a minor dog attack, taking action to preserve your health and legal rights can be critical. If someone’s dog bites you, you should report the dog and owner to the police. Also, consider seeking medical help immediately, take photographs of your injury and damaged items, and get legal advice from an attorney as soon as possible. Read on to discover your next best steps in detail: 

See Your Doctor Promptly

Seeking professional medical help to care for your wound is critical, even if you only suffered a small bite. Dog bites are prone to developing infections. Therefore, a medical professional should clean and disinfect your wound as soon as possible. Your doctor may also take additional steps to protect your health, such as ordering a prophylactic rabies treatment. Visiting a doctor will provide you with a detailed medical report, which is essential if you later want to pursue damages from the dog owner. 

Gather Evidence of the Dog Attack

Essential evidence of the attack can include photographs of your injuries, the animal, and any damaged personal items. If there are any bystanders, ask them for their contact details as they could provide vital eyewitness statements later on. Ensure to retain any dirty or damaged clothing and items as evidence. Importantly, do not throw away any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses you incurred, such as medication, wound care costs, and others. You will need to present evidence of all your costs to qualify for reimbursement.

Call a Dog Bite Lawyer

Your injury may be minor, but that does not mean that the consequences of your dog bite will be insignificant. Dog attacks can be traumatic and emotionally scarring, regardless of an injury’s severity. You could be entitled to damages for both your physical and emotional injuries. If a dog owner’s carelessness caused your physical, emotional, and financial upheaval, they should be held accountable. Our attorneys can clarify your legal options and move forward with seeking damages from the responsible party.  

Filing a Minor Dog Bite Lawsuit

Victims of minor dog bites may not know whether they should pay for their damages or press charges against the dog owner. In severe dog attack and bite cases, victims can recover considerable compensation that covers their current and future medical bills, income loss, and other damages. However, even with a small dog bite, you are entitled to compensation for your costs and losses. Moreover, you may not yet know the long-term impact of a dog bite on your finances and health.

You may have to initiate a lawsuit if you cannot reach a fair settlement with the dog owner or insurer. It is worth noting that filing a suit does not necessarily mean that you will end up in a court of law or at a trial. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), most personal injury cases are resolved out of court. However, filing a claim can provide the necessary incentive for the responsible party or insurance company to settle with you. 

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer from Morgan & Morgan by your side can be crucial when you want to hold a dog owner accountable with a minor dog bite lawsuit.

Common Dog Bite Injuries 

Dog bites can potentially cause significant injury to the skin and tissues. Even a minor bite that does not break the skin can cause damage to the underlying soft tissue with crushing or bruising injuries. Common injuries in dog attacks can include:  


Laceration wounds typically tear the skin and underlying soft tissue. They are prone to harboring infections as lacerations’ jagged and irregular edges can be particularly challenging to clean and disinfect. 

Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds occur when the dog’s teeth pierce through the skin and deep into the underlying tissues. Due to their depth, puncture wounds can be difficult to clean correctly and prone to infections.

Ripping Injuries 

An aggressive dog may not let go of a person during the attack, causing rips, tears, and skin abrasions. Even minor tearing injuries and scrapes can cause scarring or develop infections. 

Nerve Damage 

Nerves could be damaged even with a relatively minor dog bite, depending on the location and depth of the injury. More severe dog bites could sever nerves and cause permanent damage.


All dog bites, even tiny scratches, can develop potentially severe infections requiring considerable medical intervention such as antibiotics and surgery. Moreover, catching a disease such as rabies or tetanus is generally possible with even the smallest dog bites. If rabies or tetanus are not treated in the earliest stages, the outcome could be fatal. 

Emotional Injuries

Dog attacks resulting in minor or major dog bite injuries can damage a person’s psyche significantly. Victims may develop a severe phobia of dogs that could prohibit them from going about their everyday life as they did before the attack. The effects of fear and anxiety triggered by a dog attack can include nightmares, depression, insomnia, and others.

Seek Legal Advice After Your Injury

No matter how small your physical injury seems now, you could suffer various negative consequences in the future. Therefore, consider speaking to an attorney to protect your legal rights and determine the best course of action. You could be entitled to compensation from the dog owner.

Damages Available in Minor Dog Bite Lawsuits

You may be entitled to damages with a minor dog bite lawsuit. Depending on your injury and expenses in connection with the dog attack, you could qualify for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages come with a fixed dollar amount and receipts and include medical bills, loss of income, property damage, and out-of-pocket expenses. 

Non-economic damages, however, can be tough to quantify as they relate to the degree of the dog bite victim’s pain and suffering. Examples of non-economic damages that may be awarded for minor dog bites include: 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring
  • Inconvenience

Depending on the circumstances of your dog attack and the losses you sustained, you could be eligible for other damages. Our dog bite attorneys can assess your losses and determine the worth of your claim. 

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  • What Are the Most Dangerous Dog Breeds?

    The fact is that all dogs can bite. In most cases, a dog bite may be little more than a scratch or small puncture wound. However, some breeds are known for inflicting more severe injuries due to their large size and considerable jaw strength. Large and powerful breeds such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Pit Bulls show up at the top of the dog-bite statistics repeatedly. 

    According to Forbes, Pit Bulls, while only making up 6.5 percent of all dogs in the US, are responsible for over half of all fatal attacks. Rottweilers come second in this sad statistic, with German Shepherd in third place. 

    However, regardless of the breed, dog owners are called upon to keep their dogs under control and prevent tragic accidents. The owners, no matter what breed of dog they call their own, must always have their animals under control. 

  • The Insurance Made a Lowball Settlement Offer; Should I Accept?

    Lowball settlement offers are a common trick from insurance companies keen to increase their profits on the back of injured victims. Unfortunately, many victims think getting something is better than nothing and are tempted to accept a low settlement offer. However, agreeing to an inadequate settlement could leave you out of pocket. 

    Morgan & Morgan never settles for less. We don’t think victims should make do with a settlement that is significantly lower than what they deserve. Therefore, if you receive a lowball offer, do not rush into anything or sign any agreements. Instead, get in touch with one of our dog bite lawyers. We know the value of your dog bite injury claim and are not afraid to fight an unethical insurance company.

  • How Do I Find a Good Dog Bite Attorney?

    Finding an excellent dog attorney can be vital for getting what you deserve. Here are some helpful tips for finding a top dog bite attorney: 


    It is always better to receive a recommendation than to search blindly for a good attorney. You could ask family members, friends, and coworkers for help with finding a great personal injury attorney near you.

    Your State’s Bar Association

    Depending on where you live, your local bar association may have a website that you could use to search for dog bite lawyers in your state. 

    Online Lawyer Databases 

    There are various services on the internet that you could use to find an excellent personal injury lawyer to represent you in a dog bite case. Consider searching specialized lawyer databases such as Avvo and Martindale Hubbell for lawyers near you. 

    Morgan & Morgan Is Here for You

    Before you waste valuable time searching endlessly for an attorney, why not contact us to determine whether we could help? As America’s largest personal injury firm, Morgan & Morgan has an army of specialized lawyers, some of whom have handled dog bite cases before and helped victims like you get a fair settlement. Our attorneys want to help you fight for the compensation you deserve from a dog owner or insurance company. 

  • How Can a Dog Bite Attorney Help Me?

    Receiving what you deserve with a minor dog bite lawsuit can be challenging, and there could be a few stumbling blocks in your way. Handling such a claim on your own could be exhausting and end in failure. Our seasoned attorneys know how to handle a dog bite lawsuit from beginning to completion and can build a comprehensive case against the irresponsible dog owner. How we could help:

    • Determine your best legal options and strategy
    • Gather evidence to prove your dog injury claim
    • Calculate and prove your losses
    • Negotiate a settlement with the dog owner or their insurer 
    • File a lawsuit if an out-of-court settlement cannot be agreed on

    You pay nothing until we win. Depending on where you live, there can be strict deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. Therefore, the sooner you get in touch with us and get one of our experienced attorneys in your corner, the sooner you can recover what you deserve. 

  • Morgan & Morgan’s Dog Bite Lawyers Are Waiting to Hear From You

    Whether you suffered a minor or major dog bite injury, you will likely have significant expenses and inconveniences arising from the injury. When someone else, such as a dog owner, is responsible for causing your losses and pain, they should make you “whole” again. 

    Our legal team can assess your case and determine if you could file a minor dog bite lawsuit or whether there are other ways to recover the payout you deserve. Contact us now for a free case review so we can walk you through your options for getting justice. 

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