What are my options if I was walking my dog on a leash and a neighbor’s dog ran out and attacked him and then attacked me?

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What are my options if I was walking my dog on a leash and a neighbor’s dog ran out and attacked him and then attacked me?

When I tried to get the dog away from mine, he jumped on my chest, knocked me down and bit me several times. My dog also had some serious bites. The vet bill, so far, is almost $500.00 and he’s not well yet. I went to the ER per the vet’s advice. The only insurance I have is Medicare. I haven’t gotten the bill from ER yet but am sure it will be a substantial amount. Also, they told me to have my regular doctor re-check the wounds in 3 days. I did and he told me that I needed a tetanus shot. That and other necessary services was about $60. The owner of the dog has no job, no assets and keeps telling me that she’s trying to find a job.

Asked on June 1, 2013 under Personal Injury, Alabama

Answers:

Joyce Sweinberg / Joyce J. Sweinberg Associates PC

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You should contact an attorney to investigate this for you.  The dog should not have been free to chase you down as it did.  The owner might have renters' insurance, which most rental contracts require.  If you have nay more questions do not hesitate to contact me.


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