There are many types of cases that attorneys will have to handle over the course of their careers. In addition to cases such as car accidents or medical malpractice, many cases can include dog bites and other injuries caused by pets. Unfortunately, if you are involved in this type of case, you may not understand your legal rights. Understanding the truth behind these two common myths about dog bites should help clarify this for you. 

Myth: You Are Always Liable For Dog Bites

Many people assume that they are automatically legally liable if their dog bites someone. While this is true in many instances, it is important to note that this liability may not apply when your dog was provoked. If the person that was bitten provoked the dog in any way, then it is unlikely that you will be found to be liable for the injuries. 

However, it should be noted that the laws governing dog bites can vary from community to community. For example, there are some jurisdictions where trespassers can hold homeowners responsible for dog bites. However, there are many communities where this is not the case, and a trespasser will have no legal claim to damage. To determine the situation for your area, you will need to speak with an experienced local attorney. 

Myth: Your Dog Will Have To Be Put Down Following The Bite

Another common notion is that every dog that bites a person is automatically put down. While this is often the case, it can often be avoided. For example, a common reason for this order is if the animal is suffering from rabies. However, if you are able to provide proof that the animal was vaccinated for rabies, you may be able to avoid this outcome. 

Also, you may need to show that the animal is not a threat to the community. This is often done in the form of a hearing, and you can arrange for fellow community members to testify on behalf of your pet to help protect the animal from being declared dangerous.

A dog bite can be a major event because it can expose you to legal liabilities that can carry expensive price tags. Unfortunately, if you are uninformed about this process, you may not realize that there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your pet. In particular, knowing the factors that can mitigate your liability as well as the steps needed to prevent your animal from being put down can help. For more support, talk with a personal injury attorney like those at Leen and Emery.