In the United States, about 5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Injuries sustained from a dog bite can be extremely severe and very costly. Under Utah law, dog bite victims can recover damages for their injuries. Previously, if a dog bit a person then the owner received a notice that their dog was vicious and the owner was only responsible for paying for damages caused by any attacks after the initial one.
Dog Injury Statute
Now, Utah’s dog injury statute is a strict liability law. Even if an owner was not aware that their dog might cause injuries to another person, they are still liable for damages for injuries committed by their dog. This law also covers injuries that are caused by the dog. For example, a victim may still seek damages under Utah’s dog bite law if a dog knocks them to the ground and they get injured.
However, a person cannot deliberately provoke a dog and then blame the owner for their injury. Children are an exception to this and cannot be held responsible because they do not know any better.
Expenses to Dog Owner
If a dog owner is found liable for a victim’s injuries, they will be held responsible for paying for the following:
– Medical bills
– Pain and suffering
– Loss of wages
Utah’s Statute of Limitations only allows 4 years from the date of the injury to file a claim. So don’t wait, act now if you would like to file a dog bite claim, contact a dog bite attorney as soon after your accident as possible.