Because Utah is a strict liability state, dog owners are liable for injuries caused by their animals. Under Utah law, dog owners can be held liable even if the dog previously showed no signs of aggression. However, there are some exceptions.
Provoking the Dog
If the dog owner can prove that you provoked the dog and were more than 50% at fault for the incident, you may not be able to recover compensation.
If you were found to be less than 50% at fault, then you may still be able to recover some compensation for damages and injuries. However, the amount you recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
If you were trespassing on someone’s property and bit by their dog, then you may not be able to make a claim. Property owners have less of a duty of care to those who are unlawfully on their property (trespassing) than those who were invited to their home.
Trespassing doesn’t automatically negate your claim. A Salt Lake City dog bite attorney can help determine whether you have a valid claim and guide you through the process of recovering compensation.
Call a Salt Lake City Dog Bite Attorney Near You
Dog bite injuries can lead to costly medical bills, emotional trauma, time off work, and other damages. Recovering from serious bite injuries can take several weeks or months. Some injuries cause permanent disfigurement and scarring. Others require complex reconstructive surgery.
If you have been injured in a dog bite attack, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, you only have a limited window of opportunity to file a claim, so don’t wait to contact a dog bite lawyer.