You do not state when the attack happened so I would support Attorney Lassen's answer and suggest you do so asap so as to ensure that you are within the statute of limitations.
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You may be able to pursue a claim through the dog owner's home owner's/renter insurance policy. Contact an animal rights attorney in your area to go over your legal options.
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Realistically, your options are most likely dictated by the homeowner's insurance policy of the dog owner. In that regard, more often than not, HO policies do not cover the actions of dogs, though some policies do. The only way to know would be to get a copy of the owner's policy. In most instances, an attorney will not pursue this type of case unless the attorney believes there is an insurance policy he can collect from. This does not mean that you need for there to be insurance coverage for,the matter at hand to file suit or recover money but that it is generally impractical to do so because it is generally harder to collect on a matter without insurance coverage. Different legal actions have different statutes of limitations. Because of the same, you always want to pursue legal recourse sooner rather than later; that way you do not miss your legal opportunity. I hope this helps.
If the person did not have homeowners insurance sometimes people have what is called umbrella insurance which might cover this claim. Also if this happened in some kind of private apartment complex you may be able to hold the apartment complex liable if there is a policy on the maximum size dog allowed to reside at the property. Most homeowners policies do exclude the acts of dogs, even refering to the dog by name within the policy.
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