Suffering a bite from a dog can be a painful and traumatic event. Even if the victim loves dogs, or has a dog of their own, a vicious attack from an uncontrolled dangerous dog can leave physical and emotional scars.
Although there are laws that pertain specifically to dog bites, to recover pain and suffering damages, a victim will most likely have to file a lawsuit under what is called the Premises Liability Act. Unlike the dog bite law, this action requires a higher level of proof of culpability of the dog owner.
This generally means that the dog owner was aware, or should have been aware, that their dog was dangerous and they failed to protect the against that danger. Finally, if the victim did not suffer a serious bodily injury, the Premises Liability Act may be the only means of recovery for the victim of a dog bite.