As we can see, there are a surprising number of factors to consider in the course of litigation a dangerous dog lawsuit. Whether you are the plaintiff or defendant in a dangerous dog case, make sure your attorney obtains, at a minimum, the following information and documents:
1. History of the dog.
2. Care of the dog by curren owners as well as prior owners.
3. All records relating to the care and treatment of a dog including veterinarian records, pet shop records, shelters, etc.
4. Identity of any and all witnesses as to the behavior of the dog at the time of the incident as well as priior to the incident.
5. Security a liability expert if necessary.
6. Secure any photographs and/ore video of the dog, the area where the incident occurred or any other matter that may related to issues concerning the behavior of the dog, behavior of the owners, knowledge of teh owner, behavior of the victim, the environment.
7. Through written discovery requests and depositions, secure information specifically relating to any behavior of the dog including the dog's behavior around people, other dogs, other animals; the dog's environment before ownership, during ownership and during the incident; medical history including any injuries, illnesses, medications; any training of the dog including where training occurred, by whom, the extent of training, how training was conducted, etc.
8. Subsequent remedial measures- was the dog given away, put down, impounded, put into behavioral training, extent of any disciplinary action taken upon the owner or dog, etc.
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