Dog bites can be scary and severe. In 2016, there were 31 U.S. fatalities from dog bites. Over $600 million of homeowners insurance liability claim dollars went to dog bites or dog-related injuries.
When a sudden attack happens, you will most likely need medical treatment. If bills start to pile up, you’ll probably think about suing for damages so you don’t have to take financial responsibility for the bite.
But these situations can also have added stress if you know the dog’s owner. While you might need to file a lawsuit so you can get compensation, you might worry about damaging your relationship with the dog owner. While this can potentially lead to awkward situations, you must take care of yourself.