Liability for Dog Bites Overview

The Provo personal injury lawyers at Howard, Lewis & Petersen have encountered many dog bite cases over the years. Many people were not even sure if they had a case before they spoke with one of our Utah attorneys, so today’s article will outline liability rules for dog bite cases.


For the most part, owner’s have a legal responsibility to prevent their pets from injuring people or damaging property. If the pet causes injury or damage, the owner will most likely reimburse the victim for medical bills, time away from work, pain and suffering, and property repair or replacement. This may be covered by the owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy, but sometimes it must come out of pocket. In addition, the owner has the responsibility of preventing a future incident from happening again, whatever that may require.


A dog owner may be financially responsible, liable, for injury or accident if:

  • The owner knew the dog had a tendency to cause that kind of injury.
  • The state’s dog-bite statute makes any owner responsible for almost any injury the dog causes, regardless of any prior knowledge the owner had regarding the dog’s tendencies.
  • The owner was careless, negligent, and that’s what caused the injury.


For more information about dog bite, car accidents, or other personal injury situations, click here or call Howard, Lewis & Petersen today at (801) 373-6345 to speak with an experienced Provo accident lawyer.

Posted by: on: Jan 30, 2014 @ 04:32

Posted January 30th, 2014