Montana Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
If you have been a victim of a dog bite, you already know how vicious these types of attacks can be. Sharp canine teeth can tear through skin, muscle, and other tissues. The attack can leave emotional wounds, too. In addition to your medical bills, you may have to take time away from work. And, you may need to hire help for everyday tasks. With the help of a Montana lawyer, you may be able to recover costs for these and other losses.
Montana Dog Bite Laws
In Montana, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries their animals cause so long as the bites occur within the limits of an incorporated city or town. It does not matter if the animal has a history of violent behavior, or if anyone had reason to suspect the dog might be dangerous. The only conditions are:
- The victim must not have provoked the dog, such as through teasing or tormenting
- The victim must have lawfully been on the premises where the bite occurred
Outside of incorporated cities or towns, the "one-bite" rule is generally assumed. Under this rule, dog owners are only liable if they know their dogs have a propensity for violence. The most obvious example would be that the dog has bitten someone before. They are not strictly liable for the first bite.
Building Your Case
If you decide to pursue a lawsuit, your attorney may ask for:
- Photos of your injuries, taken as soon as possible after they occur
- Clothing, shoes, or other items that may have been damaged during the attack
- Medical records describing your injuries and treatment
- Copies of your medical bills
You may also need to give a deposition. This is a statement you give under oath. It is your chance to explain what happened.
Locate a Local Montana Animal Attack Lawyer
Dog bites can leave you physically and emotionally wounded. Find out if you may be due compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Call now to speak with a Montana dog bite attorney at 877-913-7222.