Q: A friends dog chased a man on a bicycle and bit his leg. Small bite He now has to prove his dog is safe - how?
A: Get the dog tested for rabies. He should contact his vet to determine best way.
Or the dog control warden if he was cited.
A: Under Oregon law, a dog owner is liable for another's pain and suffering if their dog bites someone if the dog is deemed to have been unreasonably dangerous before it bit the person or if the dog was off leash in violation of a city or county law.
A dog owner is also liable for the person's medical expenses if their dog bites someone even if the dog was not deemed to have been unreasonably dangerous.
So the owner of the dog is probably liable for the bicyclist's medical expenses and will also be liable for bicyclist's pain and suffering if the dog was found to have been unreasonably dangerous before the incident or was off leash when it should not have been.
The owner of the dog should report the claim to his homeowner's insurance as they may cover the bicyclist's medical expenses.
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