What is Vermont's "One Bite" Rule

Vermont has no specific dog bite statute. This means that victims of dog bites who choose to pursue compensation beyond insurance offerings place themselves at the mercy of local court interpretations of decisions handed down by the state’s appeals court throughout the years. This is one of many reasons you need a Vermont dog bite attorney on your side as soon as you sustain an injury.

The “one bite” rule is fairly straightforward. A dog who has previously bitten someone (one bite) is known to be aggressive and its owners can be held liable for subsequent attacks. A dog that has not bitten anyone is not known to be aggressive and therefore its owners cannot be held liable for an attack – that is, of course, until after the “one bite.”

Victims of dog bites in Vermont have an uphill battle when it comes to collecting fair compensation. Tragically, dog bite injuries are often both physically serious and emotionally devastating – and their impact can last for years to come.

The Vermont dog bite attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss may be able to help even in cases where a dog has not attacked before. Please contact us online or call (603) 556-4148 today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.


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