“The first bite is free,” is a phrase people frequently say to me when they call up. That’s not the beginning and ending of the law when it comes to dog bites or being attacked by a dog.
There may be other people responsible, other than the owner. There may be circumstances where the dog bites or attacks other people and then you don’t know about. There may be circumstances where the owner has violated various leash laws and that sort of thing.
It’s a good idea never to really just work from the assumption that there’s no case there. There may very well be a case there, despite what you may have heard.
Particularly the dog bites case, it’s important that an investigation is conducted right away. There are things about a dog that an attorney will want to know. Frequently, dogs are destroyed, or owners move, or they get loose and they’re gone. It’s important that evidence be preserved in the beginning.