If you are bitten by a Dog in Germany …

Animals are unpredictable. Even well-tempered dogs can snap out of the blue. Under German law, the owner (more precisely the keeper, but in most cases owner and keeper are the same person) is legally responsible and financially liable for any damage his/her dog causes (see Section 833 German Civil Code), even if the keeper has done nothing wrong and the animal has never before attacked someone. Therefore, animal keepers usually have taken out a special animal liability insurance (Tierhalterhaftpflicht). Continue reading