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Litigating Dog Bite Claims Against Dog Owners and Third Parties

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, July 13, 2022

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This CLE course will guide attorneys representing clients injured by dogs. The panel will discuss identifying all possible defendants, finding insurance coverage, using animal control laws to plaintiff’s advantage, special issues with child victims, and practical strategies to maximize recovery.


Many attorneys needlessly decline representing dog bite victims because they lack complete information and the right strategies to overcome the unique challenges these cases can present.

The first step is to identify all possible defendants and not overlook governmental entities or shelters. By recognizing the types of insurance coverage available through homeowners and other types of policies, and correctly understanding their terms, counsel can find overlooked sources of compensation.

It is also critical that plaintiff’s counsel understand theories of liability in their jurisdiction, common defenses, and the role of animal control statutes and any breed-specific laws.

Counsel must also manage unique issues that can arise when witnesses or defendants are friends and family. If the case is to be settled, counsel must be aware of any settlement options, such as structured settlements, and when victims are children, special rules for court approval.

Listen as our renowned panel discusses the keys to identifying all possible defendants, finding insurance coverage, and other practical strategies for plaintiffs.



  1. Recent trends in dog bite and attack claims
  2. Claims and theories of liability; common defenses
  3. Plaintiff strategies
    1. Finding insurance
    2. Finding additional defendants
    3. Government defendants
    4. Using animal control laws
    5. The “pit bull” problem
    6. Confirmation process when victim is child
    7. Structured settlements
    8. Flaws of strict liability laws


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Who are often overlooked defendants in dog bite cases?
  • How can plaintiffs find insurance coverage for damages?
  • How can animal control laws be leveraged in dog bite cases?
  • What defenses are often raised in dog bite cases?


Phillips, Kenneth
Kenneth M. Phillips

Law Offices of Kenneth Morgan Phillips

Mr. Phillips represents dog bite victims and their families. HIs law practice consists entirely of representing...  |  Read More

Zagoria, David
David M. Zagoria

The Zagoria Law Firm

Mr. Zagoria has been practicing law for more than 25 years, serving as a Chief Senior Assistant District...  |  Read More

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