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1. My child’s face will be disfigured from a dog bite, but my friend says that my child provoked her dog to bite. What do I do?
2. How do I prove my landlord knew another tenant’s cat or dog was dangerous?
3. I was watching a dog for someone and he bit the postman, am I liable?
4. A dog did not bite me but ran in front of me while I was driving. Who is responsible for my damages in the car accident?
5. What is the “one free bite” rule?
6. What do leash laws cover?
7. My neighbor has a “Beware of Dog” sign posted in their yard. Are they liable since their dog bit my mother?
8. Do I need a lawyer if I have been bitten by a dog?

1. My child’s face will be disfigured from a dog bite, but my friend says that my child provoked her dog to bite. What do I do?

In most states, the owner of a dog is responsible for damages if that dog bites someone. In some states, if a dog is restrained and on the owner’s property, there may be mitigating circumstances. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP today to discuss your situtation.
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2. How do I prove my landlord knew another tenant’s cat or dog was dangerous?

Your attorney will know what information is important. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP today to discuss your situtation. Sometimes, it is enough to show that the landlord had the responsibility to know, whether actual knowledge can be shown or not

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3. I was watching a dog for someone and he bit the postman, am I liable?

Some states have ruled that people who only keep or care for a dog will not be liable for dog bites occurring during their care of the dog. The actual owner would be held liable in those instances.
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4. A dog did not bite me but ran in front of me while I was driving. Who is responsible for my damages in the car accident?

A dog owner may be held liable for damages caused even by a non-biting dog, particularly in areas where restraint of a dog is legally mandated. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP today to discuss your case.
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5. What is the “one free bite” rule?

In some states, the owner isn’t held liable for the first bite the dog inflicts. Once an animal has demonstrated vicious behavior, biting or otherwise displaying a “vicious propensity”, the owner can be held liable.

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6. What do leash laws cover?

Most communities have local leash laws that require dogs to be on a leash unless confined to a house or fenced yard, even on your own property. Failing to follow the leash laws combined with the dog biting someone can greatly increase the potential penalties.

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7. My neighbor has a “Beware of Dog” sign posted in their yard. Are they liable since their dog bit my mother?

Possibly. The sign can help to alert others of the presence of the dog. But if an attack occurs, the specific facts will determine whether there is any liability.

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8. Do I need a lawyer if I have been bitten by a dog?

Yes. It is always in your best interest to have an experienced lawyer review your case. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP today.

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