Here Is How to Handle Getting Bit by a Dog at Work

Young dog bites person

Young dog bites person

Does your dog bite? That might be a line from a movie. Or it might be the question you wish you’d asked before trusting a cute little face with teeth bared, coming toward you on 4 tiny legs.

Most dog bite victims don’t have time to ask the dog’s owner whether the dog is friendly. And while size does matter in deadly dog attacks, even the smallest dogs can break the skin with their razor-sharp teeth.

Were you bit by a dog at work? Then this article is for you. Read our tips on how to handle an on-the-job dog bite.

File a Workmen’s Compensation Claim

What’s the first thing you should do after a dog bites you? Get medical treatment. No ethical employer will expect you to stop by the Human Resources office first and fill out paperwork.

After finishing at the doctor’s office or urgent care, file your workmen’s compensation claim.

Workmen’s compensation should cover your medical care. Due to the nature of some dog bites, your care may include more than the initial visit. Some bites need stitches while others could need multiple surgeries.

Workmen’s compensation should also cover any lost wages due to the dog bite. It may also compensate you for any disfigurement or permanent disability.

Once you’ve filed your paperwork with your employer, it’s time to consider further legal action.

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Owners Are Responsible for Their Dogs Behavior

Pet owners are liable for injuries and damages caused by their pet. It doesn’t matter if the dog is a sweet, docile creature that has never bitten a person. It doesn’t matter if the owner chains their dog or contains them inside a fence.

When a dog bites an individual who has a business reason to be on the property, the owner is liable.

Worker’s compensation is the primary remedy for a worker bit by a dog at work. But, that doesn’t prevent a person from also filing a personal liability claim against the dog owner.

You have every right to seek damages for pain, suffering, and emotional distress caused by a dog bite. The caveat is that if you win damages, your employer may get reimbursement first for any amounts disbursed under the workmen’s compensation claim.

An attorney should be the person who files a personal liability claim against a dog owner. That way you ensure you’re not breaking any workmen’s compensations rules. An attorney can also help you better understand your legal rights in this type of case.

There are nuances to dog bite laws, especially if the bite comes from a service dog.

Service Dog Bites

Service dogs come under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means a dog bite from one of these animals doesn’t guarantee compensation for the victim.

The ADA defines a service animal as a dog that’s specially trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. If a service dog bites you, you must prove you didn’t provoke the animal.

Service dogs go through rigorous training programs that ensure they don’t react to strangers and stressful situations by biting. That doesn’t mean they won’t bite if deliberately provoked.

Even with the protections service dogs and their owners enjoy under the ADA, if a service dog bites you, you should still seek an attorney’s help in deciding whether you have a legitimate claim.

Aside from service dogs, we’ve seen a considerable increase in emotional support animals. These animals don’t go through the same training as service animals. Thus, the ADA doesn’t protect them.

Were You Bit by a Dog at Work?

No one goes to work expecting a dog bite, but it’s better to understand your responsibilities, your employer’s responsibilities, and your legal rights.

Were you bit by a dog at work? First get medical care, then let your employer know, and finally, seek legal advice.

Are you a victim of a dog bite? We’re here to help. Contact us today and schedule a free legal consultation

Hakim, Toma & Yaldoo, P.C.

Attorneys and Counselors at law
8424 E. 12 Mile Road #200
Warren, MI 48093

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Attorneys and Counselors at law
8424 E. 12 Mile Road #200
Warren, MI 48093

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Email: [email protected]

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