Normally, if you’re bitten by a dog, you automatically assume that the dog’s owner is responsible for paying for your injuries. But when the dog bite attack happens in a dog park where leashes are not required, it can be more difficult to determine what should be done or who should pay for it.
Get to Safety
If you are bitten in a dog park, you should first get yourself and your dog to safety, away from the attacking animal, staying away until its owner has it under control. After getting safe, check your wound to see if it needs immediate attention and take any first aid measures you deem necessary. Contact the authorities.
File a Report
When the authorities arrive at the dog park, they may or may not take the dog into custody with animal control. They will question both you and the dog’s owner, as well as any witnesses still in the dog park. A report will be filed, which you can get a copy of within a few days.
Seek Medical Treatment
Make sure that you see a doctor for your injuries as soon as possible, even if you think the injury is minor. It is important to ensure that no lasting damage has been done. If you don’t see a doctor and an injury becomes apparent later, it will be much harder to prove that the injury was a result of the animal attack.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
It is true that the dog park itself holds no liability for animals attacking within its boundaries. But beyond this, who is liable for a dog bite attack in a dog park can be questionable. If a dog has never shown aggression or fear in the past and the dog’s owner was as diligent as possible in controlling their dog off of a leash, it may be difficult to prove negligence.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been bitten by a dog in a dog park.