Dog Bite Injuries
Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A. has represented hundreds of dog bite victims. Some of these cases involved severe dog bites requiring surgery or multiple stitches and severe scarring. Obviously, these have settled for very large amounts. Other dog bite cases we’ve had involved injuries that were less serious, in some instances, only needing a few stitches or leaving almost no visible scar, these of course settled for less, but still, considering the nature of the injury, Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A. was able to get favorable settlement terms even on these.
A little known fact is who covers dog bite injuries, specifically, the insurance companies that are liable for dog bite claims are generally the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company.
Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A., strengthened by our reputation of winning at trial and preparing cases that are solid in all ways, has routinely been able to settle dog bite cases without having to file suit. Sometimes, we’ve filed suit, and this is never a problem for us, filing suit is something we do without hesitation. Regardless, we have obtained many favorable settlements from dog bite cases, and look forward to helping you gain justice and compensation if you’ve been injured in by a dog.
Another little known fact is that Delaware law places strict liability upon the owners of dogs. Due to the foresight of the Delaware legislature a law was passed that makes an owner of a dog located anywhere in Delaware strictly liable for the damages caused by their dog biting humans and other animals (with arguably a few extremely rare and unusual exceptions), even on the first bite. Delaware dogs no longer get “one free bite”.
The law is contained at 9 Del. C. § 913 and states:
§ 913. Liability of dog owner for damages. The owner of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death or loss to person or property that is caused by such dog, unless the injury, death or loss was caused to the body or property of a person who, at the time, was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other criminal offense on the property of the owner, or was committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any person, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.