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Angry dog baring canines.For those who have not been bitten by a dog, it may be difficult to appreciate just how severe a dog bite injury can be. Dogs, particularly larger dogs, can cause significant damage and injury to a person. In fact, many dog bite cases may be more accurately described as dog mauling cases. Unfortunately, many dog bites are disproportionately severe because the victims are small children who are particularly vulnerable. The dog bite lawyers at our Salt Lake City law firm have decades of experience handling these types of claims, and make up the personal injury group of Younker Hyde Macfarlane - a focused team of attorneys who specialize in nothing but personal injury litigation. Should you require counsel or representation as a result of a dog bite injury, you can trust our team to meet your needs. To arrange a consultation, please don't hesitate to contact our law firm today. We serve clients from throughout Utah and surrounding areas.

Dog Bites

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there are more than 4.7 million dog bites every year in the United States. Of those incidents, 800,000 require medical attention, and of those individuals, half are children. In fact, the rate of dog bite injury is highest among children 5-9 years of age. A dog bite can result in a range of injuries, varying in severity. In severe cases, dog bites and dog mauling incidents can even result in death. Even "minor" dog bite incidents may cause infection, puncture wounds, blood loss, disfigurement, nerve damage, or muscle damage. If your son or daughter has been severely injured by a dog, or you have suffered a severe dog bite injury, you have rights. Allow the dog bite lawyers at our Salt Lake City law firm to help.


If you have suffered a severe dog bite injury or a family member such as a child has been bitten by a dog, our team can work with you to see that you receive just and fair financial compensation. In many cases, the victim requires surgical treatment not just to treat the injury, but for reconstructive purposes as well. If injury is severe, it may result in permanent disability or disfigurement, which can result in inhibited earning capacity and severe emotional trauma. Though every case is unique, the dog bite lawyers at our Salt Lake City practice will work diligently to maximize your recovery. You may be eligible for damages relating to medical expenses, future medical expenses, reconstructive surgery costs, loss of wages, loss of future wages, and pain and suffering. In the tragic event of a loved one's death, we can help you file a wrongful death claim.

Determining Liability

Though laws vary by state, dog bite cases in Utah are handled on a principle of strict liability. There are no "free dog bites" and no excuses; if a dog bite injury occurs, the dog's owner, property owner, or both can be held liable for damages. Typically, we will file suit against a homeowner's insurance policy or a third party, such as a management business or real estate developer. If fault can be explicitly attributed to one party, there may be a reduction in liability. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case, you can trust that we will work with experts to establish liability and file a claim against the appropriate party. Younker Hyde Macfarlane has a network of more than 1,000 experts that we can call upon to determine fault and estimate appropriate damages.

Common Causes of Dog Bites

Even dogs that are typically well behaved can be unpredictable and prone to aggression. Any number of factors can result in a dog  bite injury. For this reason, dog owners and property owners have a legal obligation to protect other parties from attack. Under the principal of strict liability, any dog bite injury, regardless of the cause, is grounds for a claim being filed against the appropriate party. That being said, common causes of dog bite injury include:

  • Prey behavior
  • Territorial behavior
  • Redirected aggression
  • Hunger
  • Sickness or injury
  • Fear of injury

All of these factors can contribute to a dog biting a person. As you can see, these cover a wide gamut of potential risk factors; for this reason, dog owners should keep their dogs leashed at all times when in public and maintain control.

Contact Our Dog Bite Lawyers

Do you have questions regarding your rights? Do you suffer from mounting financial burdens and pain and suffering due to a dog bite injury? We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dog bite lawyers. At our Salt Lake City law firm, we are committed to our clients and would be happy to help.


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They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.

- Jill S.


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