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Whether you’re a lawyer, a law student, or have no legal background whatsoever, join us as we dive deep into the American legal system to help you protect your legal rights, your money, and your butt.
We discuss litigation, civil lawsuits, and interesting aspects of U.S. law. Learn how to be an effective advocate for your legal claims, inside and outside of a court of law.
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Oh No! My Dog Bit Someone: Dog Bite Lawsuits
If your dog bit someone, do not panic. One of the first things you should do is educate yourself about your potential liability to the person injured. Each state has its own laws on the topic, but there are a few common patterns and defenses, which we will discuss in this article. Your best option is to hire an attorney or, if representing yourself, research the law in your state. Please read The Legal Seagull’s disclaimer. This podcast is neither legal advice nor a substitute for an attorney’s services. The laws in your jurisdiction may differ in significant ways. Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 12,000 years. For at least that long, dogs have been biting people. In the United States, there are 70-80 million dogs—that’s almost 1 dog for every 4 people. Although many bites result in minor injuries, dog bites can inflict serious injury. According to this article by the American Veterinary Medical Association, an estimated 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of these cases, roughly 20% require medical attention. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project notes that “Common principal diagnoses for dog-bite related hospitalizations included skin and subcutaneous tissue infections; open wounds of extremities; open wounds of head, neck, and trunk; and fractures of upper limbs.” Dog bites can be very expensive. The average claim rose to almost $40,000 in 2015. One-bite rule Although rare today, throughout history many states used the "one-bite" rule. Under this doctrine, an owner would not be legally liable injuries unless he or she had knowledge of the dog’s dangerous propensities, such as the dog biting someone in the past. In other words, the owner gets one “freebie” bite. In modern times, an owner could still be held liable if he or she had knowledge (or reason to believe) that the dog was dangerous. This may be due to th
Rated 4 out of
This show is amazingly informative, and covers diverse legal topics. The "tidbits" are very interesting as well. I've been working my way through the backlog, and I'm glad to see the podcast is still going. My only gripe is that the presentation can be dull at times, and the host occasionally rambles longer than is necessary. I still highly recommend this show to anyone interested in law and legal history.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of
I love this podcast!
This is one my favorite podcasts and the best law-related podcast I have found.
Neer, thank you for putting together such a fantastic show each week!
Date published: 2014-11-11