Sample Demand Letter - Dog-Bite Injury

Tips and sample language for writing an effective demand letter when you've been injured by a dog.

Updated by , Attorney · UC Law San Francisco

If you've been injured by someone's dog, you think about sending a demand letter to the dog owner (or the dog owner's insurance company) asking for compensation for your injuries and other losses (called "damages"). A demand letter is an attempt to settle a dog-bite injury claim before you file a civil lawsuit.

An effective demand letter:

  • describes the facts of your claim—the who, what, when, and where
  • explains why the dog owner is legally responsible for your injuries and losses
  • summarizes your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and
  • demands a lump sum to settle your claim.

Use this sample as a template to follow when you're putting together your own demand letter in a dog injury case.

This sample letter is not a replacement for qualified legal advice. If you think you have a dog injury claim, you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you get the best possible outcome in your case.

Learn more about how to write a formal demand letter.

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