With pet ownership comes responsibilities--including the obligation to ensure your pet doesn't harm people or other pets. Owners who fail to control their pets are said to be negligent. If you've been bitten by someone else's dog, you may be entitled to compensation under your state's personal injury laws. But dog bite regulations are complex, and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A personal injury attorney with experience representing dog bite victims can explain your options and help you file a personal injury lawsuit, if appropriate. And if you're a dog owner who's been sued, notify your homeowner's insurance company immediately. Your legal expenses may be covered, but if you have a "choice of counsel" option--giving you the right to choose the lawyer who defends you--then you'll want to hire a law firm with experience defending dog owners whose pets have been accused of hurting someone.