Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Delaware & Pennsylvania

Delaware Dog Bite Law

Dog Bite Laws in Delaware and What They Mean For You

Dog bites are a common form of personal injury. The most common victim is a child under the age of twelve, though of course anyone can get bitten. And while there are a few breeds of dogs that are notorious for the frequency or severity of their bite, any dog can bite.

The most common injuries received from dog bites include:

  • Face injuries

  • Eye injuries

  • Puncture wounds

  • Scarring

  • Abrasions/superficial injuries

Rabies is a common concern in many foreign countries; however, in places like Delaware, the biggest concern is damage from the bite itself, followed by infection, nerve and muscle damage, and broken bones.

What is the Law If a Dog Bites Me? Or If My Dog Bites Someone?

The dog bite laws in Delaware specify that unless the victim’s actions were the cause of the bite, the owner is strictly liable.

For example, if you are legally on someone’s property, and their dog runs up and bites you, they are liable. If you have trespassed and the dog attacks you, then that person is not accountable.

Some areas have laws that let the first bite slide, but not in Delaware. So the dog’s history of biting will not influence any decision made in court.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Bitten by a Dog?

Take these steps after a bite:

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention - You can’t tell just by looking at a bite how serious it is. Dog’s saliva contains bacteria that can cause an infection even if it just looks like a little bit of broken skin.

  • Collect Details - Try to find out what you can. Start with contact details from the owner and then ask about vaccinations. Also note whether the dog was restrained or not, where it attacked, etc.

  • Take Photos of Your Injuries

  • Get Advice From a Personal Injury Lawyer

Do Dog Bites Have to Be Reported in Delaware?

Yes; all dog bites must be reported to the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Next Steps For Dog Bite Recourse

After you have gotten medical attention, gathered information surrounding the incident, taken photos and reported your bite, you should get in contact with a personal injury lawyer in Delaware.

If you need a consultation, Bifferato Gentilotti, LLC will be happy to help you.