The victim is suing me and my apartment complex. My dog was on a leash and the victim was in my yard. Mississippi has the “one bite” rule and my dog has never bitten or been aggressive to anyone.
If you had a Renters' insurance policy in effect, make sure you give your ins. co. notice, as they might cover this and provide a lawyer to you.
If you don't, you would need to make sure that you promptly send in something in writing to the court clerk and the Plaintiff's attorney that sets out your denials of what they're charging and any defenses that might be appropriate. I'd recommend you get a local lawyer in your area to assist you with this as soon as possible.
You need to turn the claim over to your renters insurance if you had one. Also while Mississippi has the one bite rule some breeds are seen as vicious and therefore may not get the one bite rule coverage. If you did not have coverage, you need to speak to a general litigation attorney who will likely charge an hourly rate to defend you in this matter.
I wish you good luck.
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