Personal Injury

Often, the injured person knows—or is even friends or family members with—the dog’s owner. When that is the case, the injured person may be reluctant to “go after” her friend or relative. Fortunately, most dog owners have homeowners or renters insurance that specifically covers the injuries suffered from the dog attack. Even if you don’t want to sue the dog’s owner, it still makes a lot of sense to hire an attorney to investigate whether the injuries are covered by an insurance policy.

A Dog’s Owner Is “Strictly Liable” For Injuries Inflicted By The Dog.

In car crashes and other common injury cases, an injured person has to show that the other person was “at fault” for the incident—that they did something wrong—in order to be awarded damages. Dog bite cases in Minnesota are different: a dog’s owner is “strictly liable” for injuries caused by the animal. This means a person injured by a dog can recover from the dog owner’s insurance regardless of whether the dog’s owner did something wrong.

Even though owners are presumed “strictly liable” for injuries their dogs’ cause, insurance companies vigorously defend against such claims.  Usually, those defenses fall into one of three categories: the dog was provoked, the injured person was in a place he or she shouldn’t have been (trespassing), or that too much time has passed since the injury (statute of limitations).  But as long as the injured person did not provoke the dog, had a legal right to be where he or she was at the time of the injury, and the claim is brought within the applicable statute of limitations period after the incident, he or she is likely entitled to a recovery.

Who Is the Dog’s Owner?

Under Minnesota law, more than one person can be a dog’s “owner.” The term “owner” includes people other than the dog’s actual owner, like someone who cares for the dog by taking it on walks or feeding it, or someone who provides shelter to the dog. So even if the dog’s registered owner does not have insurance, another “owner” might.

How Can We Help?

It’s critical to hire an experienced and aggressive dog bite attorney to investigate all possible “owners” to make sure that an injured person is justly compensated for his or her injuries. At Tarshish Cody, PLC law firm, our personal injury attorneys have handled many dog bite cases and have helped our clients recover the compensation they deserved. Our attorneys offer a free consultation and only get paid when there is a recovery, because we handle dog bite cases on a contingency fee arrangement. We welcome your call today at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to help you through the legal issues of your dog bite injury case.


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No-Fault Auto Insurance Covers More Than You Think

by Benjamin Tarshish on May 6, 2019

Many people think that no-fault insurance only pays benefits when someone is injured in a car crash. However, in reality no-fault policies cover a lot more injuries than just those suffered in a crash.

So long as a person’s injury arises “out of maintenance or use of a motor vehicle,” that person is entitled to no-fault benefits.

What Is Considered Vehicle Maintenance?

“Maintenance” of a vehicle can include a wide variety of things, like putting gas in the tank, replacing an alternator, changing the oil, or even washing the windows. Thus, if a person is injured inflating her tires or changing the windshield wipers, he or she would be entitled to no-fault benefits.

What Qualifies As Vehicle Use?

“Use” of a vehicle means much more than merely driving a car. No-fault applies when the injury is “a natural and reasonable consequence” of the vehicle’s use. Thus, Minnesota courts have held that injuries suffered when getting in or out of a vehicle are covered under no-fault policies. This means that if a person slips and falls on ice getting into or out of a vehicle, that person’s injuries would likely be covered by his or her no-fault policy.

How Can We Help?

At Tarshish Cody, PLC law firm, we understand how complicated it can be to know if your injury is one where no-fault insurance comes into play. Whether no-fault coverage applies depends on the specific facts in each case. For this reason, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney if you or a loved one was injured and that injury has anything to do with a motor vehicle.

We welcome your call today at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to help you through the legal issues of your auto injury case. Our personal injury attorneys have handled many no-fault auto insurance cases and have helped our clients recover the compensation they deserved.

Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

May 28, 2018

In situations where the reckless behavior of another brings about the death of your loved one, the level of suffering and pain you experience is beyond measure. It’s important to know that during these trying times, you have the ability to take action and fight for your justice. Who can bring a wrongful death claim? […]

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