Welcome to the Dog Bite Law Legal Briefs
This section of Dog Bite Law covers the following:
- General legal topics involved in a dog bite case. For example, you will find information about trials, picking doctors, handling medical expenses, mediation -- all kinds of topics that come up in dog bite cases and other personal injury cases.
- The practical handling of a dog bite case. In other words, the "nuts and bolts." For example, there is a discussion about the costs of a case, and a map that shows time zones in the United States (which helps for the scheduling of meetings and phone calls).
- Topics under development for Dog Bite Law.
Note to attorneys and paralegals: legal books, legal briefs, pleadings, interrogatories, deposition questions, and dozens of other documents are available at the Dog Bite Law Store.
How to use The Dog Bite Law Legal Briefs
Use the menu on the right. Click on the topic that interests you. Make sure the authorities cited in the brief either relate to your state or are generic (i.e., do not pinpoint the state they apply to).
If you copy anything in any brief, give proper credit. When the copy something that appears in quotes, provide the same citation in parentheses given before or after the quote. For example:
The verb "harbor" means "[t]o afford lodging to, to shelter, or to give a refuge to." (Black's Law Dictionary 646 (5th ed. 1979).)
In the foregoing example, proper credit was given to Black's law Dictionary.
If you copy something that does not appear in quotes, put it in quotes and in parentheses provide a citation as follows: Kenneth M. Phillips, Esq., in italics the name of the section where the text appears, DOG BITE LAW, the URL in <brackets>, and in parentheses the date you copied the text from this website. Here is an example:
"Most American states make dog owners liable for all dog bites when a person is bitten, based simply on owning the dog that did the biting." (Kenneth M. Phillips, Esq., Plain English Overview of Dog Bite Law, DOG BITE LAW, <https://dogbitelaw.com/plain-english-overview-of-dog-bite-law/plain-english-overview-of-dog-bite-law.html> (May 7, 2014).)
Giving credit to your sources makes your writing more convincing because the reader will see that your words are supported by research and authoritative texts. On the other hand, failing to do so makes your statements appear weak, turn your writing into plagiarism, and make you a criminal because copyright infringement is a crime.
For more information
When you need further information, try the following:
- Go to the home page of Dog Bite Law and use the menu.
- Use the search box at the top of every page.
- Look in Frequently Asked Questions.
- Look for it at the Dog Bite Law Store.