Iowa has strict liability for dog bite injuries. To recover you must prove that a dog attacked and/or bit you or your loved one. You are not required to prove that the dog bit someone before. You should seek medical care and take photos to document the injuries.
Q: Is the owner of the dog liable?
Yes. The owner of a dog is liable to an injured party for all damages done by the dog (attacking or attempting to bite a person). This is true except when the party damaged is doing an unlawful act (because of obvious reasons someone breaking into a home is not allowed to recover if he/she is bitten or attacked by a dog).
Q: What if the dog owner does not have insurance?
If the dog owner does not have insurance then he or she may have assets to recover against.
Q: Do you really need an attorney to settle your case?
No. Some cases are minor. In minor cases, attorney fees and costs might leave little or nothing for you after your medical bills are paid which would not be fair to you. However, if your dog bite results in permanent scarring or injuries, you may want an attorney on your side.
If you do nothing else, you should read my book "Iowa Consumer's Guide to Dog Bites - 5 Insider's Secrets to Not Get Bitten by Your Case" which is available to you FREE by visiting http://www.DogBiteBook.com or by calling 800-707-2552 ext. 513 (24 hour recorded message).
Iowa injury attorney Corey J. L. Walker practices primarily in personal injury law that includes dog bites. Since 1997, he has successfully represented hundreds of Iowans recovering millions of dollars on their behalf. He has successfully represented dog bite clients from Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Knoxville, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown and other towns in Iowa.
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