Anyone in Iowa who has been bitten by a dog knows from experience that dogs are not always man's best friend. In fact, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with one out of every five requiring medical attention afterwards. In the majority of cases, the victims are bitten by dogs they know, such as a neighbor's dog or even their own pet.
If an Iowa resident is bitten by an animal, the owner of that animal may be liable for any damages that a victim incurs. For instance, the animal's owner may have to pay a victim's medical bills or reimburse a victim for property damage. Punitive damages may also be a part of any settlement or jury award. As a general rule, an owner must take steps to keep a dangerous animal away from people.
Dogs are known as man's best friend. Some people even consider their dogs to be their children. They are known to decrease stress and anxiety, increase activity levels and often become lovable playmates for kids. But the fact remains, a dog is still an animal and animals can bite.