Should I Sue If I Was Bit By a Friend’s Dog?

Should I Sue If I Was Bit By a Friend's Dog?

At Cheves Briceno, we understand that when someone is bit by a friend’s dog, the situation can often be complicated and emotional.  A friend is a special person for each of us, and when this type of trauma occurs, being bit by a friend’s dog can lead to severe injuries, requiring medical care or even plastic surgery. The idea of suing a friend is not a pleasant one.  It might even seem daunting and cause incredible stress.  But like with any injury, it’s crucial to consider your well-being and in the case of a dog attack, one has to consider the legal realities of such an injury.

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Circumstances Leading to a Dog Bite Injury

Dog bites can happen in various situations. Maybe you were attending a social gathering at your friend’s house, and their usually friendly dog suddenly became aggressive.  It may have been a case where the dog was startled or felt threatened, resulting in an unexpected bite. It may have been something completely unknown that provoked the attack.  But there are common reasons why dogs attack even people they know.  Common scenarios include:

  1. Unsupervised Children and Dogs: Kids can unintentionally provoke dogs, leading to bites.
  2. Feeding Time: Dogs can become territorial around their food, causing them to bite if approached.
  3. New Environments: Dogs in unfamiliar surroundings might act unpredictably.


In any of these situations, the resulting dog bite injuries may be serious, involving puncture wounds, infections, and scarring. In severe cases, dog bite victims may require reconstructive surgery, leading to significant medical expenses and emotional distress.  One thing is certain, and that is that a victim of a dog bite who was injured should contact a personal injury attorney to, at a minimum, be informed as to their rights in pursuing compensation.

Medical and Financial Implications of a Dog Bite

Being bit by a friend’s dog often means dealing with immediate medical concerns from the dog bite. 

These might include:

  • Emergency room visits
  • Stitches or surgery
  • Antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Follow-up care and possibly physical therapy
  • Psychological counseling to address trauma


These treatments can be costly, and it’s unfair for you to bear the financial burden of an injury that wasn’t your fault. Filing a claim can help cover these expenses, ensuring you receive the necessary care without undue financial stress.

Impact on Relationships

One of the most challenging aspects of being bit by a friend’s dog is the potential impact on your relationship with the dog owner. Understandably, the idea of suing a friend can feel uncomfortable and may strain your friendship. However, it’s important to remember that:

  1. Insurance Coverage: Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover dog bite incidents. This means that your friend’s insurance could handle the claim, potentially reducing personal financial strain on your friend.
  2. Your Well-Being: Prioritizing your health and recovery is essential. Open communication with your friend can help them understand your need to seek compensation for your injuries.
  3. Legal Rights: You have the right to be compensated for your injuries, regardless of the relationship with the dog owner.


At Cheves Briceno, we emphasize the importance of handling sensitive cases like being bitten by a friend’s dog with care and compassion. We aim to help you navigate this difficult situation while preserving your relationships as much as possible.

Free Consultations and Contingency Fee Basis

If you’ve been bit by a friend’s dog, it’s crucial to explore your legal options. Cheves Briceno offers free consultations to help you understand the potential costs and benefits of pursuing a claim. During this consultation, we will:

  • Evaluate the specifics of your case
  • Discuss the extent of your injuries and required treatments
  • Explain your legal rights and options
  • Address any concerns about the impact on your relationship with the dog owner


Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us any fees unless we win your case. This approach ensures that you can seek justice and compensation without upfront costs, making it easier to focus on your recovery.

For Dog Bite Injuries, Contact Cheves Briceno for a Free Consultation

Being bit by a friend’s dog is a difficult and sensitive situation. However, your health and financial well-being are paramount. At Cheves Briceno, our dog bite injury lawyers are here to support you through this challenging time, offering free consultations and working on a contingency fee basis to ensure you get the justice you deserve. If you’ve been bit by a friend’s dog and are considering legal action, contact us today about your dog bite injury to explore your options and take the first step towards recovery.

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