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Who is liable in a Minnesota dog bite case?

| May 18, 2020 | Firm News, Injuries

Dog bite laws in the state of Minnesota are considered to be some of the nation’s most favorable for dog bite victims.  They make not only the owner of the attacking dog liable, but also any person who harbors or keeps the dog.  This means that if a person is walking a dog for an owner, and that dog attacks and injures another person, then the dog walker can be held liable along with the actual owner.

A person in Minnesota has the right to defend him or herself from a dog attack.  Any injuries that person sustains related to the attack will also be the liability of the dog owner.  This includes injuries, damages, and losses.  A dog is considered as personal property of an owner, and is therefore eligible for compensation when injured or attacked by another person or animal.

Another provision of Minnesota dog bite legislation is what is known as the Rescue Doctrine.  This section covers injuries sustained to person or property of an individual who may attempt to assist another who is being attacked by a dog.  The owner of the attacking dog will also be held liable for any injuries that person sustains, or any damage done to his or her personal property.

In summary, any person attacked and injured by a dog is entitled to compensation according to Minnesota law. An injured party may consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine whether the situation constitutes a valid personal injury lawsuit, and the likelihood of its success in a courtroom.

 

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