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The DOG BITE LAWYER for Scott and Dakota Counties

Representing adult and child victims of dog bite attacks.

The Schafer Law Firm, P.A. is a Minnesota injury law firm handling all types of dog bite injuries, particularly those cases involving children. Dog attacks are often very traumatic and have the greatest impact on young children, adolescent victims and their families. A respected personal injury attorney, Brent S. Schafer appreciates that dog attacks leave more than just physical scarring. Many dog-bite victims suffer long-lasting psychological damage that, if untreated, can impact all phases of their lives and social development.

As a personal injury lawyer, Mr. Schafer works closely with local psychologists, plastic surgeons and other medical professionals to assure that everything possible is done to restore each dog-bite victim to his or her physical and mental condition prior to the attack.


Building a strong case for dog bite liability.

Under Minnesota dog-bite law, if a dog attacks you without provocation when you are acting peacefully in any place where you are lawfully allowed to be, the owner is liable for your damages. The law makes an owner legally responsible for an injury caused by a dog if the owner knew the dog was likely to cause that type of injury. A dog owner may also be held liable if he or she is found to be unreasonable or careless in trying to control the animal.

Bad dog. Negligent owner.

In dog-attack cases, negligence is established case by case. Attorney Brent S. Schafer carefully reviews the facts of your case to determine if negligence exists. Examples of careless or negligent behavior by dog owners include the following:

  • A dog owner allowed his dog to run free without a leash in his backyard. The dog ran towards and startled a bicycle rider, who fell off his bike trying to escape the animal. The court found the dog’s owner to be negligent.
  • A mail carrier is bitten by an unleashed dog whose owner failed to post a sign warning of a dangerous dog.
  • A dog owner uses a rope or leash that is defective, frayed or unsubstantial given the size of the dog, allowing the animal to break free and attack a passerby.

Fighting for fair compensation for dog-bite injuries.

A person is attacked by a dog every 75 seconds, and dog attacks result in more than 1,000 people needing medical attention each day. Unfortunately, children are most often the victims of dog attacks. Most people do not realize that there is insurance coverage for most dog attacks. Depending on the circumstances of your injury case, you may be able to obtain compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages