My dog (lab) got loose in our front yard while we were gardening. Our postal delivery person approached and our dog barked at her but did not bite her. She handed our mail to my wife and we said we were sorry. A postal employee visited our house a week or two later investigating the incident. He indicated that said postal delivery person had been scared by our dog and wanted to make sure we prevented further incidents. Now a month later, I receive a threatening letter from Postal Service claiming our dog bit her. A police report was never filed, and animal control has never come out to our home. What should I do?
If a dog bites someone - the homeowner can be sued. If you are sued or a notice letter has been sent to you, notify your homeowners insurance (policy) company immediately. They should be obligated to defend you according to your homeowners policy. If you don't own a homeowners liability policy, you should contact a qualified defense lawyer in your area.
I agree with Kevin, If the USPS letter, or anyone, sends a letter giving s notice of a claim, or if you are served with a lawsuit, you should properly notify your liability insurer (and provide copies of the papers). If you are sued, the liability insurer should be asked to defend you and indemnify against any judgment, If you are covered, the liability insurer should pay a lawyer to defend you,
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